Virtual Cooking Classes, Food Events and Tutorials to Stream Now
Whether you’re looking to become a sourdough connoisseur or master the art of cooking fish, there’s never been a better time to brush up on your kitchen skills. Read on for our pick of the best virtual cooking classes, food events and tutorials to stream now, from cook-along supper clubs to cocktail-making workshops.
The Grand’s Virtual Cookery Classes
Five-star hotel The Grand, York is launching a new series of virtual cooking classes, led by head chef tutor Andrew Dixon. Each class will be two hours long, and participants will be given a recipe pack beforehand including a step-by-step guide and a full list of the ingredients required. First up on 9 February is Thai Green Curry night, followed by a special Valentine’s Day Beef Wellington. thegrandyork.co.uk
The Newt’s Virtual Workshops
Somerset hotel The Newt is kicking off the year with a new series of virtual workshops, based around seasonal monthly themes. First up is oranges, which are at their best in January: it’s the start of Italian blood orange season, and the month Seville oranges are picked and shipped to the UK to be boiled up into marmalade. Tune in on 27 January for The Newt’s Citrus Curds & Marmalades Masterclass, led by head chef Alan Stewart. You’ll learn how to preserve citrus fruits for a burst of sunshine and Vitamin C during the winter months with lively curds, marmalades and cordials, with the option to have DIY Blood Orange Marmalade Kits delivered to your home. Free, thenewtinsomerset.com
Tom Aikens’ Instagram Cookery School
Chef Tom Aikens is kickstarting 2021 with the launch of a new Instagram cookery school, Cooking with Tom Aikens. From the kitchen of his Belgravia restaurant Muse, Tom will be teaching virtual lessons in all things cookery – from essential knife skills to how to prepare a show-stopping dish. First up is Meat Free Mondays, starting on 11 January and taking place across six Monday evenings throughout January, February and March. You’ll learn to cook dishes like salt baked beetroot wellington, cauliflower pizza and chia seed and red berry pudding with cardamom. £60pp, tomaikens.co.uk
Fever-Tree’s Virtual Mixologist Masterclasses
Premium tonic brand Fever-Tree is encouraging us all to wind down come 6pm with its free ‘Mix at Six’ virtual mixologist masterclasses. The brand’s cocktail expert Craig Harper will be on hand every weekday at 6pm to help you knock up the perfect aperitif, along with a range of non-alcoholic options for those who are doing Dry Jan. Plus, every Friday will see a special guest join in on the fun. Every weekday 6pm via Fever-Tree’s Instagram Live @fevertreemixers.
Discussing Burgundy with 67 Pall Mall
London’s private members’ club for discerning food and wine enthusiasts, 67 Pall Mall is introducing a virtual four-part series exploring Burgundy En Primeur, from the benefits of buying to whether the wines are forecast to increase in value. Hosted by the club’s sommeliers Ronan Sayburn MS & Gearoid Devaney MS, a selection of wine samples are also available to order to enhance the online experience. 13 January – 3 February, 67pallmall.com
Plates at Home
Looking to brush up on your plant-based cooking skills? Plates London recently launched a seven-part digital cookery course, featuring a series of 20-40 minute videos from co-founder Kirk Haworth – who has spent the past 16 years perfecting his craft in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. With an ethos that combines old-world training with new-world techniques, Kirk aims to show guests how to make vegan food both inspiring and achievable. His mission is not to create meat and fish alternatives, rather to show people the power of vegetables. You’ll learn everything from knife skills to plating, with dishes on the menu including a pea, mint and pomegranate risotto, golden katsu nuggets, a potato rosti pizza and a pavlova with poached peach. £35 for the full course, plateslondon.com
French Pastry Fundamentals with Dominique Ansel
Learn how to create perfect pastries with legendary French chef Dominique Ansel. The 17-lesson course covers a range of both sweet and savoury treats, beginning with Madeleines and fruit tarts, going onto chocolate cakes, bonbons, croissants, and finally delving into the famous cronut, which Ansel created at his eponymous New York bakery. £85, sign up on Masterclass.
Virtual cocktail making with Mixology Events
Mixology Events is taking its award-winning classes online, offering sessions with expert mixologists every Wednesday and Friday. Participants will receive a professional cocktail making kit prior to the masterclass, with all the ingredients and equipment needed to mix up classic cocktails at home including premium spirits, mixers and fresh fruit. £70pp, visit mixologyevents.co.uk
Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking
Join seven-star Michelin chef Gordon Ramsay in his home kitchen (virtually, of course), with this comprehensive 20-part course. Classes cover the fundamentals of cooking, such as mastering ingredients, setting up your kitchen and knife skills, as well as lessons on making specific dishes, such as lobster ravioli and beef wellington. £85, sign up on Masterclass.
Justine Murphy’s child-friendly cooking classes
To mark the release of her new mymuybueno Cookbook, Justine Murphy, founder of global chef selection agency mymuybueno, is encouraging kids (and supervisory adults) into the kitchen with a series of fun and simple virtual baking videos via Instagram. From chocolate doughnuts and maple pecan muffins, every recipe has been ‘kid-approved’, is plant-based, refined sugar-free, and of course delicious. instagram.com
Bread Ahead’s online baking classes
Renowned London-based bakery Bread Ahead has launched a number of online courses on its website, including gluten-free baking, Scandinavian baking and doughnut-making, as well as interactive workbooks, which you can use alongside designated live workshops. breadahead.com
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