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The 20 Best Virtual Cooking Classes in 2021

Last Updated on January 18, 2021
the 20 best virtual cooking classes in 2020

Given the current state of the world in the time of a pandemic, social connection is more important than ever — and socializing over food is one of the most common ways of doing so. Just as the current crisis has touched lives around the world, so has the power of social connection through dining, which people of all backgrounds can relate to. While we've had to pause gathering at restaurants or even around the table at our own homes, it’s still possible to enjoy the social benefits of communal dining and cooking with the interactive virtual cooking classes on Cozymeal.

 

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What Are Virtual Cooking Classes?

Just like face-to-face cooking classes, virtual cooking classes are a great way to hone your home cooking skills and connect with friends, family or fellow participants in the process. Virtual cooking classes allow you to create gourmet meals from scratch in the comfort of your own home while receiving professional guidance every step of the way. Unlike pre-recorded cooking demonstrations, interactive classes allow you to engage with your instructor and fellow participants just as you would if you were with them physically. And, all virtual cooking classes feature ingredient lists that can be adapted for dietary restrictions or lack of availability.

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Virtual Cooking Classes for Beginners

1. The Perfect Skillet Steak

Restaurants may still be closed in parts of the United States, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up restaurant-quality steak. Learn how to make your own variation at home in a guided virtual steak cooking class. With professional guidance, you’ll create a perfect cast iron skillet-cooked steak, roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus with lemon and cheese. Also, check out the list of popular online cooking classes for beginners.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

2. Pizza Making

Pizza is one of the world’s most popular foods and comes in many different forms. While there’s a time and a place for frozen or delivery pizza, there’s really nothing like pizza made from scratch. In this virtual cooking class, you will learn the ropes of making homemade pizza; from preparing the base to prepping ingredients and baking your creation to perfection.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

3. Classic French Onion Soup and Macaroons

There are few dishes as decadent as authentic French onion soup. Create this hearty soup from scratch using vermouth, thyme, homemade Parmesan croutons and Swiss Gruyere. After your soup course, you'll learn how to make simple and sweet macaroons for dessert. If you're still hungry for more, check out the list of popular online French cooking classes.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

4. Indian Curry and Homemade Naan

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cooking authentic Indian cuisine at home, but perhaps been too intimidated? This virtual introductory cooking class to Indian Cuisine guides you through the basics when it comes to mastering fresh, flavorful and authentic dishes. Learn how to make a classic chicken curry rich with flavors of garam masala, and delicious and simple homemade naan for dipping. Also, check out the entire list of popular online Indian cooking classes

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

Italian and Pasta-Making Virtual Classes

5. Pappardelle Pasta From Scratch

Learn how to make homemade pasta without a pasta machine in this fun and interactive virtual pappardelle making class. You will create fresh pappardelle from scratch as well as a hearty Bolognese sauce to go with it. Finish off the meal with toasty homemade garlic bread coated in herb-infused butter. Also, check out the list of popular online Italian cooking classes.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

6. Handmade Ravioli

Store-bought ravioli is no comparison to ravioli made from scratch. It may seem complicated but in this virtual ravioli making class, you’ll find that making ravioli at home is actually quite easy! Learn to create two types of vegetarian ravioli that the whole family is sure to love.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

7. Gnocchi 101

Gnocchi is one of Italy’s most beloved dishes — and it’s relatively easy to make. Learn how to prepare these tiny potato dumplings from scratch in this virtual gnocchi making class. In addition to your gnocchi, you’ll create a homemade tomato sauce enhanced by spice and a bit of cream.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

8. Homemade Bolognese Pasta

Bolognese pasta is always a crowd-pleaser, as you’re sure to see in this virtual Bolognese pasta class. Not only will you learn how to make an authentic tomato and meat sauce, but also handmade fettuccine noodles to serve it with. You’ll also prepare a delicious and textural salad to round out the Italian meal. 

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

Virtual Spanish Cooking Classes

9. Authentic Regional Tamales

Mexican food is vibrant and diverse. Explore the freshest flavors of the country in this virtual regional tamales cooking class. You will learn how to make homemade tamales hailing from Northern and Central Mexico: A red beef tamale with guajillo peppers, Roma tomatoes and cilantro, and a sweet corn tamale with butter and masa.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

10. Authentic Spanish Paella

Paella is a delicious and surprisingly simple meal to make considering it takes only one pan and very little preparation. Discover the art of authentic Spanish paella-making in this 75-minute virtual Spanish paella cooking class. Your paella will be filled with fresh seafood and served with a sweet and savory Spanish salad.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

Virtual Cooking Classes for the Family

11. Cookies for Kids

If you’re after an easy activity that will please the kids and adults alike, this one is for you. In this child-friendly, virtual cookies for kids class, you’ll learn to create simple yet delicious sopapillas, ricotta cookies and frosting. Also, check out the list of popular online cooking classes for kids.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-10

Healthy Virtual Classes

12. Easy Weekly Meal Prep

Having to cook three healthy meals a day every day is a hassle. Save yourself time by prepping your meals in advance with the help of a professional chef. In this virtual meal prep class, you’ll learn how to make homemade shepherd’s pie and vegetable soup that can easily be stored and eaten throughout the week. Also, check out the list of popular online healthy cooking classes.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

13. Immunity Boosting Foods

Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to boost your immunity wherever possible — and diet is a great way to do so. Learn how to create a three-course immunity-boosting meal in this virtual immunity boosting foods cooking class. The main dish will be Spanish-style braised chicken which you’ll enjoy with turmeric-roasted chickpeas and a spinach and candied walnut salad.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

Plant-Based Virtual Classes

14. Vegan Tacos and Mango Margaritas

If you think meat and cheese are integral to good Mexican food, think again. This virtual vegan tacos cooking class takes both out of the equation for a plant-based spin. After making homemade tortillas and pico de gallo, you'll construct delicious mushroom tacos with bell peppers and garbanzo beans. Toast to your creation with a mango margarita at the end of the class. 

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

15. Intro to Vegan Comfort Cooking

If vegan food intimidates you, this virtual vegan comfort cooking class is the perfect way to demystify the cuisine. And if you’re already plant-based but looking for new recipes to try, it’s also a great solution. In this class, you will create a decadent four-course meal of bruschetta, ratatouille, polenta and basil pesto with the help of a professional chef. Also, check out the list of popular online vegan cooking classes.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

16. Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread

If you love a hearty bowl of chili but want to avoid meat, you can’t pass up this opportunity to make your own wholesome version. In this virtual vegetarian chili and cornbread cooking class, you will create a filling bean and quinoa chili that will satisfy any appetite. Top your chili off with a slice of irresistible jalapeño buttermilk cornbread. Also, check out the list of popular online vegetarian cooking classes.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-10 

Virtual Cooking Classes for Date Night

17. Parisian Macarons

The couple that bakes together, stays together. Change up your date night routine by taking a fun and interactive online baking class. Take a (virtual) trip to the most romantic city in the world in this virtual Parisian Macarons class. You will learn how to craft colorful macarons in hues of soft yellow and pink, filled with lemon and raspberry buttercream. Also, check out the list of popular online cooking classes for couples.

  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

18. Date Night at the Italian Opera

Recreate a romantic date night at home with this virtual night at the Italian opera cooking class that includes dinner and a show! You and your partner will learn how to make a three-course meal while enjoying live Italian opera singing. Your final creation will include panzanella salad, handmade fettuccine and classic Italian tiramisu. 

  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

19. Fried Chicken and Waffles

Who says date night needs to be at, well, night? Enjoy the sweet and savory combination of this beloved brunch staple: Fried chicken and homemade waffles. If you can’t get enough of this delicious combination, you’ll love the chance to make it yourself. This innovative take includes classic buttermilk fried chicken paired with sweet potato waffles and a sweet and spicy honey, maple and Sriracha syrup.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20

20. Cooking With Wine

Wine is not just great for drinking but also for cooking with. In this virtual cooking with wine class, you’ll discover the wonder of wine for culinary purposes. Use it to roast grapes for a ricotta crostini, braise chicken and bake into a decadent flourless chocolate cake. You’ll never look at your favorite bottle the same way again. 

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Group size: 4-20 

Whether you're looking for a fun solo activity, a way to bond with long-distance friends or an engaging team building event to do from home, all skill levels can turn their kitchen into a culinary classroom. Check out the entire collection of online cooking classes for your next big night in!

FAQs

What is a virtual cooking class? 

Virtual cooking classes are chef-led cooking classes hosted through Zoom or other video conferencing platforms. They follow the same format as in-person cooking classes, ensuring that you will be guided through every step for the perfect culinary outcome. The primary difference between virtual and in-person cooking classes is that the former requires you to provide your own ingredients and cooking utensils whereas most in-person cooking classes provide these resources for you.

What is a live interactive virtual class?

Unlike pre-recorded cooking classes found on YouTube and similar platforms, live interactive classes allow participants to engage with instructors and vice-versa. If the participant has a specific question or wants to visually check the progress of their creation, they can do so in an interactive class. This format also allows instructors to easily guide participants at their own pace.

How do Cozymeal virtual cooking classes work?

When you sign up for an online cooking class on Cozymeal, you will be able to choose a class time and date that works for your schedule. When it’s time for the class to begin, you will join your instructor and fellow classmates via Zoom. You can choose to either connect using audio only or also enable video so that your instructor and classmates can see you and your culinary creation. Your instructor will be available throughout the duration of the class to answer any questions and check on your progress. You will also be able to see them the whole time so that you can visualize the cooking process step-by-step.

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