The Handbook
The Handbook

If during lockdown number uno didn’t provide you with time to pick up a new skill, become a pro in the kitchen or start writing that novel you’ve always dreamt of, lockdown take two provides the perfect blanket for you to uncover your hidden talents. But, if like us, you don’t quite know where to start and need a little helping hand in the way of an expert, let BBC Maestro be your guide.

Last week saw the BBC launch its very own version of Masterclass, allowing budding chefs, writers and musicians to pen new skills and come out feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to tackle a new challenge.

BBC Maestro is an e-learning platform that hopes to inspire budding individuals to embark on a new adventure or challenge, and does so by bringing some of the best and biggest British names to the table. From best-selling author David Walliams to singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, they’ve curated top talents from across a variety of fields, who deliver video courses teaching you everything you need to know about the industry, craft and how you too can follow in their footsteps. 

So who’s on board? Right now, there are four courses you can choose from. If you’re a budding chef, tune into the talented Marco Pierre White’s three and a half hour series of workshops, where you’ll learn everything you need to know about how Pierre White found his craft, from the beginning to his highly regarded status now, as well as learning how to make restaurant-quality dishes each and every time.

For the budding writers out there, David Walliams will take you through the art of writing novels for children, teaching you how to take an idea, theme or subject and transform it into a story. While Jed Mercurio hopes to inspire the next generation of television writers through his workshops, Gary Barlow will help you craft that number one hit single, or at least, help you tackle the mind boggling world of songwriting. It’s really not as easy as it seems. 

Future courses include everyone from writer Malorie Blackman to musical theatre whizz Sir Tim Rice, actress Helena Bonham Carter to entrepreneur expert Peter Jones.

Right now, the platform is currently exclusively available in the UK, although there are plans to make it readily available anywhere in the world, and each course costs a flat £80 fee. 

Sometimes all we need is a little push to spark inspiration, so if you’ve ever wanted to crack the art of the soufflé or fancy embarking on a new career path but don’t know where to start, let BBC Maestro be your guide on your next adventure.

Try it out for yourself at: www.bbcmaestro.com 


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