If the weather is up to date in February, there are clues as to whatYou may not want to brave the cold and negotiate an expensive tasting menu at the restaurant. Oh, and a wine pairing that says “how much, sorry?!” A fun alternative to cooking at home (been there, done that) is signing up for an online cooking class with your sweetheart, a few friends, or someone else you’re spending the evening with, even if it is .
If one or both of you enjoy cooking and want to expand your recipe repertoire, there’s no quicker or more fun way than to have a pro guide you through a few recipes step-by-step. Since there are many remote and virtual courses, all you need is WiFi and a little more. And if it’s fair one of you enjoying the practice, the other can focus on keeping the wine glasses full as home cooking classes are always happening .
Editor’s note: For virtual live online cooking classes and private lessons in particular, Valentine’s Day is as popular as ever. If you see something you like it is best to book immediately as it may not be available for long.
There are more online cooking classes than ever
If you like the idea of a cooking class for Valentine’s Day, you have several options. You can find online cooking classes for almost every type of cuisine on the planet, as well as online wine training courses and virtual cocktail classes if that’s more your thing. As we all know, the internet has it all, and that goes all the way to digital culinary know-how. Would you like to learn how to make dim sum or take a class on spicy Indian curries? It’s out there. More like a baker? There are in-depth bread-making courses, while others focus on pastries and desserts.
Live online cooking classes versus recorded lessons
You also need to consider the cooking class format. some classes are live, held via Zoom or other video platforms with classes of different sizes so you can reflect with the teacher along with the other home cooks. You can also book private classes so just you and your partner or group interact with an experienced chef to guide you through a recipe or two. These tend to be more expensive for obvious reasons, but have a fun energy and feel very special. For my money, a one-to-one cooking class makes an excellent gift for a foodie you love.
MasterClass and America’s Test Kitchen feature recorded lessons and classes see on your own schedule. The benefits of a recorded cooking class or tutorial are twofold: you can tap into some of the best cooking talent in the world, like Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, and Gordon Ramsey, and once you buy or subscribe to one of these services with recorded cooking classes, you have them forever and can easily navigate to specific parts of the course if you ever need a refresher.
From classes led by celebrity chefs to chocolate workshops and private cooking classes hosted by seasoned professionals, these are some of the best online cooking classes for Valentine’s Day 2022.
The chef and the dish
The Chef and The Dish connects you with real, live professional chefs from around the world, escorting you into your kitchen in real-time via Skype. Global cuisine is authentically represented by chefs from the actual origins of the cuisine, whether you’re looking to explore New Orleans jambalaya, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or Vietnamese crab dumplings.
Some courses are as cheap as $149, but most others start at around $299 for two people with additional costs for additional students. You can also expect to pay around $50 for groceries and ingredients.
To book, click here and enter the February 14 date filter to see courses still available for Valentine’s Day.
If you’ve been craving the opportunity to get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay after your past food TV viewing, MasterClass may be the easiest way to make that dream come true. MasterClass isn’t just a cooking resource, it’s a compilation of video tutorials available for $180 per year library-wide, covering dozens of lessons in art, business, music, and other subjects.
On the cooking side, Ramsay’s contemporaries include other legendary chefs such as Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, Dominique Ansel (known as Cronut) and others. (Again, these are recorded, not live coaching.) You can even take a lesson in wine from James Suckling of the Wine Spectator, or let Aaron Franklin guide you through his famous Texas-style BBQ secrets.
For a more spirited experience, the MasterClass offers a mixology lesson with bar specialists Lynette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana.
Rouxbe is a leading culinary school on the web and certified by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. So, yeah, it’s serious. Rouxbe offers both one-to-one tuition and professional certificate programs, so this is best suited for experienced chefs looking to take things to the next level.
Giving someone a Rouxbe membership makes a lot of sense, and $100 gets you a full year. This gives you access to 75 recorded video lessons and hundreds of recipes with personalized teacher support. Lessons include knife cuts and sharpening, eggs, dry heat cooking methods, soup making, salad dressing and more.
Cozymeal offers hundreds of live group cooking classes held over Zoom, and many cost between $20 and $40 a piece. For example, this popular dark chocolate workshop is only $39 and has many rave reviews. Most Cozymeal classes have multiple dates that you can book, or you can purchase a gift certificate and let your recipient choose.
Cozymeal also offers a range of cocktail classes, including bourbon cocktails, Campari cocktails, and a tapas and sangria making class. As with most of these classes, you’ll need to gather your own ingredients ahead of time.
Udemy’s online cooking classes feature expert lectures on specific food and drink topics, such as: B. Bartending Mastery if you’re hoping to put your new bar gear to good use, or Sourdough 101 (that’s still a thing, right?) and French Macarons for aspiring pastry chefs. The prices for the courses are individual, most run between $15 and $30. Any course can be gifted.
The New York Times
The New York Times has one of the best collections of recipes in the world. What you might not know is that there is also an extensive library of cooking guides and courses that you can access if you sign up. Cooking is now its own membership separate from the newspaper. An annual membership is just $40 (or $5 per month) and includes over 19,000 recipes and hundreds of complementary videos that guide you through various dishes and cooking techniques from top talent like Samin Nosrat, Melissa Clark and Yotam Ottolenghi.
America’s test kitchen
This could make a good gift for someone with a family, and America’s Test Kitchen is one of the most respected names in food education. In addition to publishing a huge library of cookbooks rooted in culinary science and a website with recipes and videos, ATK offers online cooking classes. This includes the Young Chef’s Club, which is designed for children aged 5 and over. The program offers themed boxes each month, as well as access to exclusive instructional videos, recipes, and other food and cooking activities. Young Chef’s Club costs $25 a month but gets cheaper when you commit to a six or 12-month membership.