18 Online Cooking Classes for the Busy Budding Chefs

Mar 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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Show of hands if you've been dying to take cooking classes, but you find yourself way too busy to actually attend IRL? Us, too — but enter online cooking classes: Many of them are free and perfect for people who need to learn new skills without leaving the house.

Here are 18 of the best cooking classes out there.

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1. Gordon Ramsay's Masterclass

Hell's Kitchen star and chef Gordon Ramsay takes you into his kitchen and guides you through 20 exclusive video lessons. ($90/class or $180 for an All-Access Pass at Masterclass)

2. Udemy classes

Udemy offers 65,000 online courses, including plenty of food-related and culinary courses. For instance, you can learn how to make craft beer at home, take a "healthy living with no oil recipes" course or learn how to make quick and easy Asian meals. (Prices vary at Udemy)

3. Top Chef University

This interactive course is created by professional chefs and taught by 11 former Top Chef contestants. The app gives you access to 28 hand-picked lesson videos containing over three hours of instruction. ($19.99 for all lessons at Top Chef University)

4. The Kitchn's Cooking School

The Kitchn's Cooking School is a 20-day, 20-lesson program, where students will tackle an essential cooking topic each day. You'll even have homework! (Free to join at The Kitchn)

5. Food Techniques

BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. Don't even know how to cut an onion? There's a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques. (Free at BBC)

6. Chef2Chef Cooking Basics Class

If you do better with text than videos, check out the Cooking Basics lessons, with two bonus advanced cooking techniques courses. (Free at Chef2Chef)

7. Cooking with The New York Times

One of America's most popular newspapers, The New York Times, has an online cooking school with video lessons. (Free at The New York Times)

8. Gluten Free Baking Academy

This bake-it-at-home course offers 18 video lessons and six start-to-finish baking videos organized into four weekly modules. In it, you'll get the tools, recipes and know-how to bake right in your own kitchen. (Price varies at Gluten Free Baking Academy)

9. Dinner Tonight

Texas A&M has a variety of classes to teach students to make quick and healthy dinners. (Free at Texas A&M)

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10. America's Test Kitchen

America's Test Kitchen classes are a lot like Good Eats without the silliness (unfortunately), but they're very detailed and teach you the perfect way to make anything as tested (sometimes several hundred times) by the America's Test Kitchen chefs. ($20/month or $180/year at America's Test Kitchen)

11. Allrecipes How-to Videos and Cooking School

Allrecipes has more than recipes. They also have literally hundreds of free videos to teach basic cooking techniques. Or you can check out their paid cooking school classes. ($7.50/month or $44.99/year at Allrecipes)

12. Kitchen Chemistry

Most people associate MIT with building those crazy robots that rip each other apart in a ring, but they also post online versions of their real classes, including one called Kitchen Chemistry. (Free at MIT)

13. Delia Online Cookery School

Delia Online features a host of cooking technique articles of varying levels of difficulty. Each lesson features step-by-step instructions with photos. (Free at Delia Online)

14. Craftsy Cake Decorating and Food and Cooking Classes

Craftsy is an online learning site where students can buy classes in a variety of fun disciplines, including cake decorating and cooking classes. (Prices vary at Craftsy)

15. Rouxbe Cooking School

Rouxbe provides courses in which students get lessons, practice recipes, exercises and more to help them learn to cook. ($9.99/month or $99.99/year at Rouxbe)

16. Better Homes and Gardens How to Cook

Learn the basics in the cooking classes at Better Homes and Gardens(Free at Better Homes and Gardens)

17. Feast

Learn to cook in a month-long cooking bootcamp. This is literally a class for beginners, starting with classes in developing the habit of cooking, keeping the kitchen stocked and grocery shopping. ($99 at Feast)

18. Healthy Baking Bootcamp (gluten-, soy-, dairy- and sugar-free)

If you have a food allergy but don't want to live life without your baked favorites, check out this healthy online cooking class. ($29 at Real Food For Life)

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.