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Romantic Dinner @ Home

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Indulge in a culinary experience that will set the mood for an unforgettable evening. Learn to prepare Coq au Vin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, all in the comfort of your kitchen. Ignite the romance and create lasting memories with Home Cooking New York.

Friday, Mar 15th, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time

Raise Your Food IQ: Be a Better-Educated Home Cook

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the secrets to becoming a better-educated home cook with Home Cooking New York's valuable food education and grocery shopping class, led by founder Jennifer Clair. Uncover the true story behind the foods we eat and make the best food choices in the grocery store. Don't miss out on this virtual class!

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 7–8:15pm Eastern Time

Greek Online Workshop #2

The League of Kitchens @ Virtual Learning

With an easy, warm manner, and a boundless enthusiasm for cooking, Despina will inspire you from the moment you enter her home. The beauty of Despina’s cooking lies in its simplicity and its reliance on the freshest ingredients. You will sit down to a welcome snack of seasonal Greek appetizers, such as Despina’s tangy, succulent stuffed grape leaves, which she will encourage you to dip in yogurt, and her bright, fresh potato salad.  She...

Sunday, Mar 10th, 11am–1:30pm Eastern Time

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Persian Cooking Online with Mab

The League of Kitchens @ Virtual Learning

Discover the aromatic flavors of Persian cuisine as you learn to make dill-scented lima beans topped with poached eggs and crispy tahdig rice in this immersive online cooking experience. Join a talented chef, as they share family recipes and guide you through each step. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey filled with culture, connection, and delicious food.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

Lebanese Online Workshop #2 with Jeanette

The League of Kitchens @ Virtual Learning

Learn to make a delicious Lebanese feast featuring chicken ouzi, garlic-yogurt sauce, and Lebanese salad in this immersive online cooking class. Join Jeanette as she guides you through the recipes and shares stories and culture along the way. A unique opportunity to connect, learn, and enjoy a virtual dinner party together!

Saturday, Mar 9th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

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4-Week Culinary Basics Series

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

The Culinary Basics Cooking Series is designed for the novice cook with little or no culinary experience. Starting with essential knife skills, Chef Eric will help you learn to be comfortable and confident in the kitchen. Using easy-to-prepare recipes and basic cooking techniques, you’ll learn about the importance of advance preparation to save you time and reduce stress in the kitchen.  When possible, we use ingredients that can be purchased...

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Virtual - Basic Home Cooked Meals

Karen Lee Cooking @ Live Online via Zoom

Menu: Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Dried Herbs with a sauce made from the pan drippings, sherry, and a nut of butter Rice Pilaf    

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Homemade Shawarma + Flatbread

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Instead of ordering out, why not learn how to make an excellent shawarma platter (with all the trimmings!) at home? Homemade Pita Bread Shawarma (Lamb, Chicken, and/or Cauliflower-Chickpea) Chopped Salad Tahini-Garlic Sauce How these virtual classes work: After registering, you will be sent a link to log into the class at the appointed date/time.  One day before the class you will be sent a copy of the recipes we'll be making,...

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Virtual Mozzarella Making

Carolyn Montgomery

Mild and milky, smooth and silky: any way you stretch it, I love fresh mozzarella! In this live online crash course I'll teach you how to make it at home, from home! First I'll set you straight on coagulation as I tell you how milk turns from fluid to firm curds.  Then I'll demonstrate how the mozzarella is made. You'll have a chance to roll up our sleeves and follow along as I show you how to turn curds into the beautiful balls that we know...

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Virtual Cook Along: Southern Brunch Workshop

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ Virtual Classroom

What better way to spend a Sunday than cooking and eating a mouth-watering brunch? Join us for a 2-hour intensively interactive virtual cook along as our chef guides you through the steps and techniques to prepare a Southern-inspired meal that will have you going back for more. Menu: Shrimp and Grits Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter Spinach and Grapefruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing and Toasted Pecans Skills covered in class: Selecting...

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New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party (Virtual)

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Make and assemble festive hors d'oeuvres to usher in 2023 at home! Menu: Maple-Glazed Bacon-Apricot-Sage Wraps Crostini with Whipped Ricotta and Peperonata Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber Rounds Espresso Truffles HOW THESE VIRTUAL CLASSES WORK: Once you register, you’ll be sent a link to our “Zoom kitchen,” and an ingredient + equipment list, so you know just how to prepare. Your chef-instructor will have 2 camera angles spotlighted...

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Culinary Boot Camp for Beginners

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

It's time to learn how to cook. This virtual, skills-based series covers all the basic skills you'll need to feel comfortable and creative in the kitchen, now that you are spending a whole lot more time there. We'll focus on each cooking technique, using multiple ingredients to drive it home, so you leave confident to cook up most any food in your own home kitchen. Each 2-hour class meets once a week for 5 consecutive weeks, beginning on the start...

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Irish Tea Party for St. Patrick's Day

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

In lieu of joining a St. Patrick's Day parade this year, throw a proper Irish tea party!    You'll make: Irish Soda Bread Whiskied Fruit Compote  Bacon-Onion Marmalade + Irish Cheddar Sandwiches SHOPPING LIST for IRISH TEA PARTY: Kosher salt 4 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (any kind but balsamic) 1 cup currants or raisins 1 cup dried apricots (or a combo...

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Moroccan Dinner

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

A Moroccan tagine is a good dish to have under your belt; it is so versatile (delicious with or without meat) and can be home to so many different vegetable combinations. Plus is looks so darn good in the pot. Menu: Moroccan Tagine Charmoula (herby condiment) Steamed Cous Cous How these Virtual Classes work: 1) After registering, you will be sent a link to log into the class at the appointed date/time. 2) If you choose the "cook along"...

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Valentine's Day Dinner

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Spend a delightful evening cooking a mouth-watering menu with your loved ones. Learn to prepare coq au vin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and chocolate fondue in this engaging virtual class. Invite friends and family to join you for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Good Food Seminar: "What to Eat + How to Grocery Shop"

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Everything you need to know to be the best-educated grocery shopper and cook. This valuable food education + grocery shopping workshop led by HCNY founder Jennifer Clair is designed to help home cooks make the best food choices in the grocery store, from the produce to the freezer aisle and everything in between. You'll explore the meaning behind keywords like local, organic, grass-fed, pastured, GMO-free, certified humane, wild, low-fat, and...

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Virtual Kung Pao Shrimp

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for a virtual cooking class as you either cook along with our Chopping Block Chef in real time, or watch as a demonstration as our chef teaches you how to make a Chinese meal from scratch via Zoom. Menu: Kung Pao Shrimp with Steamed Rice Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu Skills covered in class:   Getting familiar with Chinese ingredients Selecting and sautéing shrimp Making Asian sauces Steaming rice Balancing flavors ...

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French Bistro Supper

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom, New York, NY

Pretend you have jetted off to the south of France, and are tucking into a classic bistro meal. Rosé wine optional, but encouraged! Bon appétit! MENU: Crisp Roasted Chicken Ratatouille Rosemary-Roasted Potatoes HOW THESE VIRTUAL CLASSES WORK: After registering, you will be sent a link to log into the class at the appointed date/time. If you choose the "cook along" option, you will be send a short shopping list ahead of the class, so...

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Virtual Meatballs Marinara

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for a virtual cooking class as you either cook along with our Chopping Block Chef in real time, or watch as a demonstration as our chef teaches you how to make a comforting Italian meal from scratch via Zoom. Menu: Meatballs with Tomato Sauce Roasted Garlic Bread Chopped Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette Skills covered in class:  Selecting ground meat Making tomato sauce Roasting garlic Preparing vinaigrette Balancing...

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Virtual Gnocchi Al Forno

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for a virtual cooking class as you either cook along with our Chopping Block Chef in real time, or watch as a demonstration as our chef teaches you how to make gnocchi from scratch via Zoom. Menu: Baked Gnocchi Al Forno with Italian Sausage-Tomato Ragu Mixed Green Salad with Lemon and Parmesan  Skills covered in class: Selecting potatoes Making and shaping gnocchi dough Selecting ground meat Preparing tomato sauce ...

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Discover the Best Basic Cooking Classes Online

The art of cooking begins with the addition of heat to one or more ingredients to prepare them for consumption. Once humans learned the power of fire, it was leveraged to make eating a more enjoyable experience. Cooking predates recorded history, and people of all cultures all over the world have cooked food using the resources available to them. Basic cooking skills have evolved over time, and now boiling, baking, toasting, and cutting are among the most fundamental food preparation skills.

Why You Should Learn Basic Cooking Online

With eating being a fundamental human need and experience, basic cooking is an essential life skill that can improve your quality of living and health outcomes. When you cook your own food, you are in control of what goes into it. You can choose the quality of your ingredients and vary things like salt, sugar, and heat levels to your preferences and dietary needs. While you’re improving your health, you’ll also be relieving stress. Cooking means body movement, which equates to moving stress out of the body. And some of the repetitive motions can be very soothing and meditative. 

Dining out every day can get expensive, but having basic cooking skills also makes eating more economical. In addition to saving money, learning how to cook can open up your eyes to different cultures and their cuisines, causing you to appreciate them in a different light. And because both cooking and eating are such communal experiences, you may discover that learning to cook creates stronger bonds between you, your friends, and your family. You might even make new friends and discover a new network of people as you learn more and more about cooking and food. 

It’s a very real possibility that a basic cooking class could pique your interest and push you further than you expect to go in your culinary journey. If it becomes a passion for you, you could find a new line of work or perhaps a side hustle that brings you joy and fulfillment. 

Virtual Basic Cooking Classes 

Online cooking classes have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and their forward momentum doesn’t seem to be stopping. People enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with virtual classes. Perhaps the most appreciated advantage of online classes is being able to learn wherever you are in the world. Another advantage is not having to contend with traffic or be bothered by the bustle of commuting to class. Taking online basic cooking classes will save you time that you can put back into practice in the kitchen.

Although you have an instructor present on camera, you don’t have the benefit of hands-on help from them. You also will likely need to bring your own supplies and ingredients to fully participate in class. The downsides to virtual classes hinge more on your preferred learning style and your expectations of the experience. Many individuals find virtual cooking classes engaging and fun and are pleasantly surprised at just how engaging the classes are given the location and proximity constraints.

If you’re into trying new cuisine from around the world, perhaps you’ll want to enroll in Indian Cooking w/ Yamini. This virtual course is for participants as young as 11 years old and features a virtual dinner party. All participants will receive a packet full of Yamini’s family recipes and a recording of the class. Students will be making three recipes in addition to some simple sauces and tips on how to make your homemade Indian cuisine amazingly delicious.

Are you looking to try your hand at desserts and baking? This Virtual Cook Along: Tropical Fruit Dessert Workshop could be perfect for you. Adults of all experience levels can join in to explore the flavors of the tropics. Ingredients like fresh pineapple and passion fruit pulp are going to bring the island vibe straight to your kitchen. This class includes teaching how to select tropical fruit, make cake batter, and prepare a frosting. 

In this New York Style Bagel Workshop, participants ages 16 and older will learn the art of homemade bagels. Although these bagels are a twice-cooked slice of comfort, this class makes it easy, approachable, and fun. And you’ll even learn how to make flavored cream cheese and butter to really set off the flavor of your homemade bagels. Class learning objectives include mixing and proofing dough, shaping bagels, boiling, and baking. At the end of class, you’ll have a dozen bagels, and you’ll know how to make dozens more to share with family and friends.

Those who are interested in learning how to prepare one dish well will enjoy Virtual Chicken Parmesan. In this class, adult learners will learn how to make delicious and savory chicken parmesan. This class is great for a date night activity or for you to showcase your skills on a future date night. You’ll be cooking with the chef in real-time and having fun as you go. You’ll learn basic skills like selecting chicken and determining doneness, sautèing vegetables, and pan-frying chicken.

Virtual Vegetarian Sushi Rolling is fun and adventurous. Students of all levels ages 12 and older can get their hands sticky with this class. You’ll have the chance to learn and improve your knife skills as well as make properly seasoned sushi rice. The goal of this class is to teach participants how to make their version of a perfect uramaki roll. This class even includes preparing a spicy mayo sauce and a miso soup to pair with your vegetarian sushi rolls. 

Private Online Group Basic Cooking Classes

Is your business or organization having a team-building event? If you’re interested in booking private online group basic cooking classes for businesses, CourseHorse offers engaging live online group classes with professional and knowledgeable instructors. Because cooking is so much fun, your team will be getting to know more about one another in an environment that inspires sharing, free communication, and a good time.

Something like this Virtual Apple Pie Workshop (w/ Optional Appletini) could be a good fit for your team. Participants will be learning how to make an apple pie with all of the trimmings from scratch. This includes making pie dough, pie filling, caramel sauce, and apple cider whipped cream. The optional appletini is a nice distraction from waiting for the pie to rise and bake. The group size is capped at 225 people and runs for about two hours and 30 minutes. 

And in Virtual New York Style Pretzels, your team can get a taste of one of New York City’s most popular street foods made in their own homes. One of the great things about this class is that the instructors send all of the necessary materials directly to the participants to ensure that everyone has what they need to succeed. They even offer a gluten-free option. Your team will learn how to mix, roll, and shape pretzel dough, bake them, and add toppings. This class can handle groups of up to 225 persons and is about 90 minutes long. 

If you’re looking for a specific class and do not see it listed, just reach out to CourseHorse on their contact form on the website to find out what your options are. Even if you don’t see the class you’re looking for, private group classes are a service they provide. And once you've booked your event, you’ll be able to change the group size if needed. You’ll receive confirmation within 24 hours of booking, there are no booking fees, and multiple platforms are supported.

Online vs. In-Person Basic Cooking Classes

Because online basic cooking classes often require you to have your own ingredients and tools to fully participate, it’s important to have what you need before the start of class. This is less of a worry in most in-person classes. You may only need to bring an apron or a bottle of wine to share. But if you’re unable to find high-quality cooking classes in your area, or you’re unable to commute to an in-person class, choosing an online class is a great option.

The two styles of traditional learning will help you to grow in your cooking journey, but you’ll have to decide which is best for you. Some people would much prefer the comfort of their own home, while others want to be able to touch the chef and smell the smells. There’s no right or wrong answer here, only what works for you. So be sure to take into account your learning needs and your unique situation.

Can I Learn Basic Cooking for Free Online?

The short answer is, yes. It is possible to learn basic cooking for free online. The Internet has an answer for just about everything, and there are a lot of platforms that showcase cooking skills online for free. YouTube is perhaps the most popular option. Although you’ll find a lot of home chefs sharing their love of cooking and personal recipes, you’ll also find professional chefs with professional quality videos doing the same thing. You can take the on-demand, impersonal route to learning basic cooking, but formal instruction is the fastest and more complete way to go about learning how to cook.

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