16 Best Online Cooking Classes For Gifts

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Did you know Kitchn ran a totally free cooking school a while back? It’s true, we did! If you missed it, you can still find it online and go through it at your own pace. (And you should tell all your friends about it.) But if you’re looking for a special gift for someone in your life who loves to cook, we’ve rounded up a handful of great online classes to choose from. After all, what better cooking gift than a class they can take to learn a new skill and get started in the kitchen? Beyond that, you’ll find online cooking classes that they can take at their own pace (like MasterClass), as well as live, interactive classes that you can also take together.

These classes cover a wide enough range that you can find something for any food-loving friend, regardless of their skill level or favorite foods. They can make anything from fresh pasta with an Airbnb cooking class hosted by an Italian nonna to spicy jambalaya with a New Orleans chef. There is no doubt that these online cooking classes will be a success.

1. Gordon Ramsay Master Class

Gordon Ramsay Learns to Cook has become so popular over the years that MasterClass has added a follow-up course. In the original offerings, students learn everything from knife skills and kitchen set-up to butchery and pasta. First grade graduates can progress to the next level, where classes cover restaurant-inspired recipes such as crispy duck, cauliflower steak, and sesame crusted tuna.

2. The table less traveled

For the home cook who wants to learn how to make authentic dishes from all over the world, a gift voucher for The table less traveled is a perfect gift. Open-to-the-community classes are streamed live from the chefs’ kitchens, whether that means teaching your loved one how to learn teriyaki salmon straight from a master in Osaka or gluten-free empanadas from an expert in Costa Rica to make.

To buy: The Table Less Traveled Gift Cardfrom $65

Designing, baking and decorating cakes are intricate art forms and a gift card from CakeFlix helps your loved one create bakery-level treats, all from the comfort of their own kitchen. Courses available include everything from making custom, three-dimensional wedding cakes to making and arranging delicate sugar flowers.

To buy: CakeFlix Gift Cardfrom $155

Veecoco is the go-to option for your vegan friends, or even for those people in your life who just want to brush up on their plant-based cooking. The platform offers more than 1,000 classes taught by nearly two dozen expert chefs. A satisfied customer says, “Just when you thought there couldn’t be anything more amazing, they came up with a new class!” Gift cards are available for a month or three.

To buy: Veecoco gift cardfrom $35

5. Wolfgang Puck Master Class

Chef Wolfgang Puck’s MasterClass covers many of the cooking techniques this celebrity chef from OG has practiced at his renowned Spago and CUT restaurants. Each of the 16 lessons covers a different recipe (bechamel sauce, tuna sashimi) or an aspect of Puck’s cooking and business philosophies. Lessons are available on request so your loved one can go at the pace that works for him or her. (MasterClass has a lot from other cooking classes too.)

To buy: Wolfgang Puck MasterClass, $15 per month to access MasterClass

Airbnb has plenty of immersive online experiences, including a huge range of online cooking classes that cover a range of cuisines. And just like their experiences taking place all over the world, these online classes are taught by cooking professionals from different countries. For example, your loved one can learn to make authentic Italian desserts with Make Cannoli With a Sicilian Home Chef, or they can bring unexpected joy to cooking with Spice It Up With the Dancing Indian Chef. Most classes cost less than $30 per person and are great for beginners and experienced home cooks alike.

For a different global cooking experience, private lessons from The Chef & The Dish are a great option. Date nights, dinner parties or just weeknights at home are instantly upgraded by taking a class with their roster of chefs from Italy, Thailand, Spain, Peru, Turkey and more. The Chef & The Dish team trains every chef and tests every dish to ensure an amazing experience that spans different skill levels. You can search classes by country, dietary preference, or even your mood (like a family dinner or a beach meal, to name a few). Learn how to make spicy jambalaya, fresh pasta with ragù, authentic pho and much more from the comfort of your kitchen.

Sur La Table is one of our favorite retailers for finding picks from coveted brands like Le Creuset, All-Clad and Staub, so it’s no surprise that they also have a great range of online cooking classes. There are so many areas of expertise, cuisines, and dishes to choose from, and the selections are always changing depending on the season. Each class is live, so you can ask questions as they come up, and they last between 90 and 120 minutes. They are priced per household, so you can have as few or as many members as you want!

11. ChefsSteps Studio Pass

The folks at ChefsSteps are seriously impressive. They are scientifically minded and are actually nerdier than Alton Brown (if you can believe it). With this pass, your loved one scores behind-the-scenes videos, exclusive cooking guides, scientific insights, and online Q&A sessions. Buy this for anyone who’s ever wondered why some chocolate chip cookies are better than others or whether it’s actually possible to cook (and enjoy) a fish in the microwave.

To buy: ChefsSteps Studio Pass$69 per year at ChefSteps

12. Dominique Ansel Masterclass

We are IN THESE MasterClasses! This series with Dominique Ansel (of cronut fame) covers essential techniques for making delectable desserts and pastries. Students leave the classroom armed with the knowledge of everything from making fruit pie fillings to perfecting the skills of making croissants. Buy this for anyone who would love to go to the pastry shop but can’t swing the time or money. Trust us – you’ll want to invite yourself after they complete this course.

To buy: Dominique Ansel MasterClass, $15 per month for MasterClass access

Home cooks and novices alike will find something to enjoy at Udemy, which offers courses that cover dynamic topics such as crockpot cooking and a Thai masterclass. Classes are led by professional chefs, restaurant owners, and cookbook writers, so you know the information you’re getting is legit.

To buy: Udemy cooking classesfrom $14.99 per lesson

From basic knife skills to complex cooking techniques (croissants, anyone?), Skillshare has it all. They’ve teamed up with culinary heavyweights like Eataly, Plated and The Meatball Shop to create a dynamic library that will keep budding chefs sautéing, braising and baking for months. Bonus: amateur mixologists can get involved too, thanks to lessons like bartending 101 and developing a signature cocktail. There really are so many classes to choose from on Skillshare that you can find something for everyone!

To buy: Skillshare, $13.25 per month

Rather than offering pre-recorded classes, Cozy Meal offers live one-on-one interaction with chefs and teachers, allowing participants to ask all their burning cooking questions (even if that question is, “Why is my supper burning?”). Choose from a selection of – you guessed it – cozy meals with comforting dishes such as risotto or Indian curry.

To buy: Cozy mealfrom $29 each

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