7 Best Cooking Classes

This is a selection of the 7 best Cooking classes across several e-learning platforms. Depending on the platform, some courses/classes require either a one-time purchase or a monthly subscription and some are free. The list below will be updated regularly with the most popular classes in Cooking.

Cooking Classes

Wolfgang Puck Teaches CookingWolfgang Puck came up with his famous smoked salmon pizza when he ran out of bagels at the restaurant he was working in, and ended up changing the way America cooks. In his cooking MasterClass, the five-time James Beard Award-winning chef behind more than 100 restaurants, brings you into his kitchen. You will learn not only how to master starters, mains, sides, and cocktails, but also how to take risks to create memorable recipes of your own. This is a must take cooking class for anyone interested in cooking, either as a home or professional cook.

MasterClass details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 3 hrs 47 min
  • Includes 16 video lessons

Alice Waters Teaches the Art of Home CookingAlice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first online cooking MasterClass, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home. This is a great cooking class for those seriously interested in improving their home cooking skills.

MasterClass details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 3 hrs 47 min
  • Includes 16 video lessons

Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, and SaucesChef Thomas Keller devotes this second cooking MasterClass to beef, duck, chicken, pork, and veal, and the techniques he uses to prepare them. In a nutshell, in this MasterClass you will learn to sauté, pan and oven roast, braise, fry, and grill, and how to select the best cut of meat for each technique with confidence. He will also teach you how to make the stocks and sauces that are essentials in his restaurant kitchens.

MasterClass details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 6 hrs 6 min
  • Includes 22 video lessons

HKUST logoThis course offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. All topics covered have a strong basis in biology, chemistry, and physics application. Among others, they include the consumption of cooked food, the physiological and evolutionary implication of the senses, geographic and cultural influences on food, and the rationale behind food preparation. Following video demonstrations of scientific principles of cooking, you will learn to recognize the key ingredients and their combinations for preparing good healthy food.

Course details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 24 hours to complete
  • Skills: Nutrition, Chemistry, Food Science, Cooking

Harvard University logoIn this course chefs reveal the secrets behind some of their most famous culinary creations, often right in their own restaurants. Inspired by such cooking mastery, the Harvard team will then explain the science behind the recipe. In a nutshell, this course teaches: how molecules influence flavor; the role of heat in cooking; and diffusion, revealed by the phenomenon of spherification, the culinary technique pioneered by Ferran Adrià. You will also have the opportunity to become an experimental scientist in your very own laboratory, your kitchen, by applying the concepts learned. 

Course details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 16 weeks to complete
  • Effort: 2-3 hours / week
  • Skills: Nutrition, Chemistry, Food Science, Cooking

Harvard University logoIn this course, which investigates physical transformations in food, has world-famous chefs as guests, who use a number of different styles and techniques in their cooking. Each chef will demonstrate how he or she prepares delicious and interesting creations, exploring how fundamental scientific principles make them possible. Topics will include: how cooking changes food texture; making emulsions and foams; and phase changes in cooking. As in part 1, you will also have the chance to experiment like a scientist in you own kitchen.

Course details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • Duration: 16 weeks to complete
  • Effort: 2-3 hours / week
  • Skills: Nutrition, Physics, Food Science, Cooking

7. Essential Cooking Skills

Essential Cooking SkillsIn this Udemy course, chef Viorel Copolovici gathered some of the most important 17 techniques that any cook, anywhere in the world, be they amateur or professional, absolutely needs to use in their kitchens. These techniques have been developed and perfected over generations by professional chefs and, for many years, have been set as golden standards in international cuisine. Viorel focuses on teaching one of the most important aspects when it comes to preparing a great meal – the HOW. This course is just the first of a series of courses to follow, which will be developed taking into account all the feedback from students and the topics they are interested in. 

Course details:

  • Online Self-Paced
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access