The Handbook
The Handbook

If there’s one thing that quarantine has taught us, it’s that when times get tough a Victoria sponge or a loaf of sourdough can cure anything.

Over the last few weeks we’ve taken to our kitchens and they’ve become a sort of safety net. Everyone has been sharing their quarantine bakes and secret recipes for all to enjoy during this pandemic. If you’re looking to up your home cooking game, we’ve taken to the web to find some of the best cookery classes that’ll transport you from kitchen novice to home cook in no time.

Nonna Live

There’s no denying us Brits love an easy 10-minute pasta dish or a quick midweek spaghetti bolognese, but we can’t be the only ones yearning for the real deal right now. While we can’t fly over to Italy right now to grab ourselves a bowl of the carby dish, we can hop over to Nonna Live to see how this 84 year-old makes authentic Italian recipes. 

Over the course of two hours, you’ll find yourselves in the humble hands of Nonna Nerina and her granddaughter, Nipote who’ll guide you through some of their favourite homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation for more than 100 years. Nonna’s traditional methods are easy to follow and you won’t be able to help but smile at your inspiring creations.

Yuki’s Kitchen

Discover the art of traditional Japanese cooking with a little help from professional chef, food writer and cookery teacher, Yuki Gomi, in one of her online cook-alongs. 

Yuki is on a mission to teach Londoners how to create authentic sushi rolls, exceptional ramen and to uncover remarkable fish and seafood combinations, and while we’re all isolating she’s turned to hosting #sushiathome sessions for you and the kids to join along in, as well as solely adult classes too.

Masterclass 

The online cookery school that’s on everyone’s lips is Masterclass, the online educational platform that gives you insider access to various fields. And, of course, we want to draw your attention to their ensemble of cookery courses crafted by experts including Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, Dominique Ansel and Massimo Bottura.

It’s at Masterclass that you’ll learn the ins and outs of authentic Italian cooking, Mexican specialities and the art of wine appreciation. You’ll learn everything from the basics through to cooking restaurant worthy food that’ll help transport you from a kitchen novice to a professional home chef.

Migrateful 

While they may not be able to run their cookery classes as normal right now, nothing will stop Migrateful, the cookery school led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, from spreading joy and a smile.

With classes running in Bristol, London and Kent, Migrateful has made it their mission since launching in 2017 to break down the social and linguistic barriers that many migrants face. During lockdown the talented chefs from all different cultural backgrounds have been hosting online classes helping to bring their community together online. Try something new and learn a new dish you can show off at your next dinner party post-lockdown.

Leiths School of Food and Wine

Graduates from Leiths School of Food and Wine have been known to go on and do great things in the foodie world, from hosting cookery shows to becoming chefs, so you know you’re in good hands here. 

They’re usually based over in west London but right now you can find Leiths bringing their cookery expertise online in their new series of online cookery courses. From courses designed for teens through to obtaining essential cooking certifications, their courses are designed for those wanting to pivot their home cooking into a career.

Biscuiteers

Fancy putting your biscuit decorating to the test? Biscuiteers have launched their very own ‘ice-olation’ challenge which will see you learning everything there is to know about icing the perfect biccie. Follow along each week you’ll soon be a pro when it comes to the flood icing and line icing world.

Great British Chefs

I’ve been a frequent user of the Great British Chefs site for a long time and I’m always trying to perfect my kitchen and cookery skills using their ‘How to Cook’ section. If you find yourself a bit of a perfectionist in the knife cutting department or you’re just looking swot up on your knife skills, you can learn all about the basic tips and tricks from butchery through to filleting a fish.

Delia Online

Delia Smith is a cherished British cookery icon and she’s known for teaching Brits the basic art of home cooked delights. Whether you’re starting out or you’ve been following Delia for years, The Delia Online Cookery School is perfect for those hoping to learn the tips and tricks of home-cooked comfort food. The best part? It’s completely free.

The Avenue Cookery School

Wandsworth based The Avenue Cookery School has been busy crafting bespoke private classes for those eager home cooks looking to perfect the art of sushi and other tasty dishes. The family-run cookery school has been teaching students of all abilities to move away from following cookbook recipes and trust their senses in the kitchen through carefully structured classes centred around good food. 

Hosted over Zoom, in these one-to-two hour workshops you’ll be able to pick up a new skill and create a dreamy meal for you and your isolation buddies.