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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
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 six of our favourites.

There’s no time like the present to learn a new recipe © Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

Master classic Italian dishes from Tuscany

While jetting off to Tuscany isn’t an option for the time being, we have Tuscany Now & More to thank for bringing a taste of Italy to us. From their Instagram stories, various resident Italian chefs at Tuscany Now & More’s villas will be live-streaming how to whip up classic Italian dishes, with the ingredients shared beforehand so you can cook alongside the tutorial if you so wish. Plus, all Instagram stories will be saved for you to revisit whenever. Buon appetito!

Trust the Italians to get it right in the kitchen © J_art / Getty Images

Cooking zero-waste with Nadiya Hussain

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.

Nadiya Hussain promotes an ethos we can get on board with © Paul Quezada-Neiman / Alamy Stock Photo

Perfect Tan France’s favourite Indian dishes

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.

Who doesn’t love the Fab Five? © Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

Learn how to cook Italian Pasta from Rome

Last year, Vicky Bennison published a book called Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy’s Home Cooks. It celebrates people like 84-year-old Rome-born and -based grandmother Nonna Nerina, who runs pasta cooking classes with her granddaughter. For the past three years, these in-person classes have been accessible through Airbnb Experiences, but, of course, business has needed to adapt during these times of lockdown. For US$50 (£40.75), you can join a two-hour long class, in which traditional techniques are taught; the ingredients list will be sent to you beforehand. Book your spot via @pastawithgrandma.

Homemade pasta isn’t as easy as it looks © Leithan Partnership t/a The Picture Pantry / Alamy Stock Photo

Get inspired by Borough Market

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.

Borough Market is one of the largest food markets in London © Paolo Paradiso / Alamy Stock Photo

Watch master chef Doug McMaster at work

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.

People pay big bucks to eat at Doug McMaster’s Silo © Julia Claxton / Alamy Stock Photo