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Did you know that 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 to spend money on a gift for someone who loves to cook at home, you might want to consider signing a loved one up for one of these online cooking classes. Whether you’re shopping for your brother who still doesn’t know how to poach an egg, or your mom who really wants to take her cooking to the next level, we’ve found the best courses to gift.
1. Gordon Ramsay MasterClass
It is no exaggeration to say we LOVED Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass. (We were just as surprised as you are right now!) He’s surprisingly nice and even-tempered in the videos. These classes are for people who like project cooking — not someone looking to get dinner on the table on a busy Tuesday. But if project cooking is what your sister is looking for, that’s what she’ll get! (Don’t worry, MasterClass has plenty of other cooking class options, too.)
Buy: Gordon Ramsay MasterClass, $15 a month for access to MasterClass
2. ChefsSteps Studio Pass
The folks at ChefsSteps are seriously impressive. They’re science-minded and are actually nerdier than Alton Brown (if you can believe it). This pass gets a loved one behind-the-scenes videos, exclusive cooking guides, scientific insights, and online Q&A sessions. Get this for anyone who’s ever wondered why some chocolate cookies are better than others or if it’s actually possible to cook a fish in the microwave (and enjoy eating it).
Buy: ChefsSteps Studio Pass, $69 a year at ChefSteps
3. Two-Month Keto Meal Plans Subscription
If you haven’t been checking Groupon for holiday gift ideas, you really should give it a look now. We just found this cool two-month Keto Meal Plan Subscription from Meals Maker. It’s not exactly a cooking class, but it gives online meal plans with recipes for week so that your keto-lover can follow along at home.
Buy: Two-Month Keto Meal Plans Subscription, $9 at Groupon
4. Thomas Keller MasterClass
We are INTO these MasterClasses! This series with Thomas Keller covers basic cooking techniques like how to confit vegetables, poach perfect eggs, make hand-shaped pasta, and more. Get this for anyone who’d love to go to culinary school but can’t swing the time or the money.
Buy: Thomas Keller MasterClass, $15 a month for access to MasterClass
Our friends over at Food Network launched Food Network Kitchen, and from what we’ve seen, it’s pretty darn cool. It’s got live and on-demand classes with Food Network Stars, access to live Q&A sessions, recipes, and so much more. To gift the app, find it in your app store and tap the Share button in the upper right corner.
Buy: Food Network Kitchen, from $7 at Food Network
6. Murray’s Cheese Mozzarella & Burrata Making Class
New York City dwellers will be very familiar with the institution that is Murray’s Cheese, but just in case you aren’t: It’s epic. The company boasts several locations that offer up the best varietals from around the world, along with educational courses on everything from wine or cider pairings to fresh cheese making. Get in on the fun with this course, which walks participants through pulling their own mozzarella or burrata using ingredients they’ve delivered straight to your door.
Buy: Murray’s Cheese Mozzarella Class, $80 at Eventbrite
At-home chefs and newbies alike will find something to enjoy at Udemy, which offers up courses that cover dynamic topics like crockpot cooking and a Thai master class. Classes are led by pro chefs, restaurant owners, and cookbook authors, so you know the info you’re getting is legit.
Buy: Udemy cooking classes, from $14.99
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 craft a dynamic library that will keep budding cooks sautéing, braising, and baking for months. Bonus: Amateur mixologists can get in on the fun too, thanks to lessons like bartending 101 and developing a signature cocktail.
Buy: Skillshare, $15 a month
Instead of offering up pre-recorded classes, Cozy Meal touts live one-on-one interaction with chefs and teachers, allowing participants to ask all their burning cooking questions (even if said question is, “Why is my dinner burning?”). Choose from a selection of — you guessed it — cozy meals that include comforting dishes like risotto or Indian curry.
Buy: Cozy Meal, from $29 each
Sushi fiends will be left super satisfied after one of these classes from Class Pop!, which teach the basics of creating hand rolls, sushi, sashimi, and more — you can even enroll in a course that teaches all the favorites of the Sex and the City gals. Saki is not included but strongly encouraged (by us).
Buy: Class Pop!, from $29 each