Master New Culinary Skills With These Virtual Foodie Tutorials

Get inspired to make great meals at home with these foodie pros
Get inspired to make great meals at home with these foodie pros | © Mikhail Spaskov / Getty Images
Josephine Platt

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As operating from our armchairs (read: working horizontally) becomes the new normal, the world is adapting to virtual life. Culture Trip selects some virtual cooking tutorials that will help you learn about other cultures from the comfort of your kitchen.

Honouring the government’s advice to stay at home and save lives during this Covid-19 pandemic, we’re all finding solutions to staying alert and active. Learning a new skill is a great way to go about this, and live-streamed cookery classes are paving the way for us to do so in the kitchen. Here are 10 of our favourites.

2. Make Shakshuka With an Israeli Chef

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Streaming from her kitchen in Jerusalem, Israeli chef Atalya Ein Mor is taking online bookings for her shakshuka and hummus masterclass. Over an hour-and-a-half session, you can expect to learn only the most authentic versions of these dishes from the chef’s step-by-step guide. And if you think she looks familiar, you’re not wrong: Atalya is one of the original chefs to feature in Culture Trip’s award-winning Hungerlust series.

3. Get vegetarian inspiration from Mumbai

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While you could just order an Indian takeaway, where’s the fun in that? For the same price, learn how to make your own Indian cuisine at the hands of an expert. Streaming from her modest kitchen in Mumbai, local chef Kajal is offering a 101 in vegetarian cuisine. Her speciality? Paneer mutter masala (aka cottage cheese gravy with peas) and cumin seeds rice.

5. Tune into a curry cooking class from Colombo

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There’s nothing more authentic about a foodie experience than learning the ropes from locals. And that’s what this spice-centric tutorial from Colombo is all about. Streaming live over an hour session, you’ll learn your way around the national dish of Sri Lanka – rice and curry – which you can make veggie if you so please.

6. Learn to cook authentic Roman Italian pasta

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Most of us can whip up a bowl of pasta with a tangy tomato sauce in no time. But let’s face it, it’s not the real deal. In this virtual cooking class, Rome local Abbie teaches you everything she has learned from her Roman mother-in-law about the history of pasta in Italy, as you make two authentic pasta sauces at home. Using just a few simple ingredients, you’ll recreate two Roman classics: tomato-based amatriciana and decadent carbonara. And there’s no need to worry about not being able to find the right ingredients – everything used in the class can be bought from a local supermarket, and you’ll receive a list of what you’ll need beforehand so you can join the class fully prepared. Consider this your chance to learn the secret to perfectly al dente pasta.

7. Cook zero-waste with Nadiya Hussain

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Nadiya Hussain cooking
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Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has been hailed as the nation’s sweetheart. She’s released numerous books in her time since winning and clocked up almost 400,000 followers on Instagram. To learn a few culinary skills while cooped up indoors, now fans can watch daily tutorials live on her Instagram stories. Her focus is how to cook sustainably and leave zero waste; you’ll find her utilising things like banana peels and mango skins.

8. Perfect Tan France's favourite Indian dishes

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Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski and Tan France.
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Tan France is best known for being part of Queer Eye’s Fab Five as the fashion guru that he is. But most recently we’ve seen him take to our screens in a celebrity rendition of The Great British Bake Off, in aid of Stand Up For Cancer. In light of this, Tan has been streaming Indian cooking tutorials to his 3.6 million Instagram followers. You’ll find Tan at @tanfrance.

9. Get inspired by Borough Market

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A stall preparing food in Borough Market, one of the oldest and largest food markets in London.
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Much like the rest of the UK and the world for that matter, London’s oldest food market, Borough Market, has had to shut up shop for the foreseeable future. But to keep the foodie inspiration coming, its official Instagram channel invites chefs and home cooks to livestream tutorials. Ingredients are always fresh and exciting, like you’ll find at the market.

10. Watch Master Chef Doug McMaster at work

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Chefs Matt Stone and Doug McMaster cooking
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While the kitchen is temporarily closed at London’s pioneering zero-waste restaurant, Silo, its founder and head chef Doug McMaster is still busy cooking up dishes – albeit in his own kitchen. From his personal account – @mcmasterchef – you can follow step-by-step guides to mastering dishes. Ever wondered how to make a loaf of sourdough? Now’s your chance. Catch him live-streaming daily.

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