Our appetite for online masterclasses and expert-led tutorials grew voracious during the lockdown. To meet that hunger, a cavalry of chefs have arrived to offer newly designed digital lessons, demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials to help you take your home cooking to the next level. Now is the time to go on an adventure and learn from great chefs and great restaurants who suddenly have more free time.
We’re not just talking about fine-tuning your standard spag bowl, but also taking a journey into the unknown, discovering the flavors, ingredients and methods of renowned chefs, food producers and cocktail mixologists. of the whole world. They share the truth about everything from region-specific pasta dishes and the best use of spices in Indian cuisine to how to handle a knife like a seasoned sous-chef. Many of these tutorials respond to the edges of the crisis by offering recipes adapted to the ingredients of store cupboards and by making them accessible to all chef talents at home. So whether you want a two-minute Instagram tutorial or an in-depth half-hour webinar, there has never been a better time to learn from the pros while simultaneously eating your way around the world.
Former champion of The Great British Cake, Indian cuisine empresario Chetna Makan is boosting her impressive online presence with Cook with Me, a series that aims to help viewers create tasty meals using basic store cabinet ingredients. Whether you are looking for really simple recipes or pretend you have no prowess in the kitchen, these are recipes Chetna thinks you will succeed in making. The offerings include spicy potatoes with onions, chicken fried rice, and a coffee, nut and chocolate cake.
Where? Her Youtube channel
When: Many 10-11 minute tutorials are already downloaded, ready to view.
More information: chetnamakan.co.uk
Italian national treasure and champion of Emilia-Romagna cuisine, Massimo Bottura has made isolation a source of enthusiasm. The maestro has launched Kitchen Quarantine cooking classes, in which he guides viewers step by step through recipes such as bollito salad, tortellini and an ‘all mac and cheese’ dinner – all free, including a live Instagram Q&A after each show for troubleshooting (its regular masterclasses cost around € 90 / £ 78). There are few chefs more radiant with positivity than Bottura, and watching him broadcast ‘you can do’ classes from his home in northern Italy will certainly be an inspiration to even the most serious home cooks. jaded.
When? Every day at 7 p.m.
More information: osteriafrancescana.it/massimo-bottura/
Bread in advance
If you’re looking for full carb-loading comfort (and who isn’t right now?), Try a masterclass from Bread Ahead, the London bakery that’s now proven online. So far we’ve indulged in the Hot Buns tutorial, but there are plenty of more adventurous recipes out there, such as Italian amaretti cookies and French country breads. And if you prefer the written word when it comes to home learning, you can now download the Bread Ahead Cookbook for as little as £ 5.
Where? Instagram Live, and featured on Stories for 24 hours after. instagram.com/breadheadbakery
When? Usually 2pm every day. Check out the Bread Ahead thread for dates and times for the tutorial.
More information: painahead.com
London’s iconic Greek food spot will not be stopped by the lockdown, continuing to offer not only a select menu of dishes to its nearby patrons, but also cooking classes around the world via Instagram. Co-founder Tim Vasilakis broadcasts live cooking lessons, teaching viewers how to make favorite dishes from the Athenian’s menu, including a simple tzatziki, Santorini tomato croquettes, spicy feta dip, homemade gyroscopes and chocolate mosaiko.
When? Every Saturday at 7 p.m.
More information: theathenian.co.uk
Anglo-Indian TV chief Arun Kapil has started a series of free online courses from his coastal farm in County Cork. Guaranteed to bring some color back to your kitchen, Kapil’s introduction to spices, spice blends and the history of commerce is a dynamic culinary education. The ‘cook with simple spices’ tutorial aims to liven up meals such as Irish rarebit and chili fried egg, while the ‘cook with spices for vegetables’ course features root vegetable cooking that will appeal to you. to all. At the end of each session, a summary of the next is provided to allow time to research missing ingredients or find suitable substitutes.
When? Eight 20-minute classes over four weeks (from April 13), organized twice a week on Monday and Friday at 4 p.m.
More information: greensaffron.com/about-arun/
Tune in to see a team of five-star chefs share their favorite recipes via Instagram Live as part of an initiative put together by Justine Murphy, founder of Mymuybueno – a luxury and lifestyle restaurant business that includes a cooking school, a delicatessen and a private chef’s agency for luxury yachts. Atul Kochhar, Alex Dilling, Tony Parkin, Emma Bengtsson and Adam Handling will take over the Mymuybueno Instagram account, seeking to boost morale and spread the joy of home cooking with recipes from around the world.
When? Every Thursday at 2 p.m.
More information: mymuybuenoprivatechefs.com
If there’s ever been a time to dive into the dark arts of the breakfast martini, it’s now. And if you want to do it in style, follow the lead of bartender Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese. Former legend of London’s iconic Dukes Hotel and current director of Brown’s Hotel’s Donovan Bar, Calabrese is now mixing drinks from his home bar via Instagram and teaching staples like negroni and spicy fifty. Hotel bars are often a haven for discerning cocktail lovers, and while their doors are closed, many offer an alcoholic boost via Instagram tutorials, including Langham’s Artesian Bar and the Savoy. The latter brings together the best minds in mixology from around the world, sharing tips and tricks under the banner of The Booze Brain.
When? Daily (or pretty much).
More information: salvatore-calabrese.fr
The ambassador of Polish cuisine is preparing a storm on just about every channel: sign up for private one-on-one Skype tutorials through his Twitter account, follow video tutorials on his YouTube channel, or take cooking classes. making sourdough bread and discover dry sourdoughs. dissemination via its website. Get festive this weekend and learn how to make Easter babka – a sweet, yeasty Polish Easter cake that looks a bit like an Italian panettone – following a recipe led by Wawrzyniak and Mary Berry.
Where? instagram.com/Consultant and his Youtube channel
When? Several times a week.
More information: chefconsultant.fr
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