Lockdown lessons: cooking tutorials with global chefs

Bring the world to your kitchen with a new crop of digital food tutorials and masterclasses led by well-known chefs from India, Italy, Greece and beyond.

Friday, April 17, 2020,
By Sarah Barrell
Former champion of The Great British Bake Off, Indian food empresario Chetna Makan.

Former champion of The Great British Bake Off, Indian food empresario Chetna Makan ups her impressive online presence with Cook with Me, a series that aims to help viewers create flavour-packed meals using basic store cupboard ingredients.

Photograph by Chetna Makan

Our appetite for online masterclasses and expert-led tutorials has become voracious during lockdown. Catering to that hunger, a cavalry of chefs has arrived to serve up newly devised digital classes, demos and hands-on tutorials to help you take your home-cooking to another level. Now’s the time to get adventurous and learn from some big-name chefs and leading restaurants who suddenly have extra time on their hands.

We’re not just talking about refining your standard spag bol, but also about taking a trip into the unknown, learning about flavours, ingredients and methods from high-profile chefs, food producers and cocktail mixologists around the world. They’re sharing the lowdown on everything from region-specific pasta dishes and the best use of spices in Indian cooking to how to handle a knife like a seasoned sous chef. Many of these tutorials are responding to the confines of the crisis by offering recipes tailored to suit store cupboard ingredients and making them accessible to all home chef abilities. So, whether you want a two-minute Instagram tutorial or a half-hour in-depth webinar, there has never been a better time to learn from the pros while simultaneously eating your way around the world.

Chetna Makan

Former champion of The Great British Bake Off, Indian food empresario Chetna Makan ups her impressive online presence with Cook with Me, a series that aims to help viewers create flavour-packed meals using basic store cupboard ingredients. Whether you’re looking for really simple recipes or claim to have no prowess in the kitchen, these are recipes Chetna thinks you’ll triumph in making. Offerings include spicy potato with onions, chicken fried rice, and coffee, walnut and chocolate cake.  
Where? Her YouTube channel
When: Numerous 10-11-minute tutorials are already uploaded, ready to watch.
More info: chetnamakan.co.uk

Massimo Bottura

Italian national treasure and champion of Emilia-Romagna cuisine, Massimo Bottura has made isolation something to get excited about. The maestro has launched Kitchen Quarantine cooking classes, in which he takes viewers step-by-step through such recipes as warm bollito salad, tortellini, and an ‘everything Mac and Cheese’ dinner — all for free, including a live Instagram Q&A after each show for troubleshooting (his regular Masterclasses cost around €90/£78). There are few more positivity-radiating chefs than Bottura, and watching him broadcast ‘you can do it’ classes from his home in northern Italy is sure to be an inspirational boost for even the most jaded of home cooks.
Where? instagram.com/massimobottura
When? Daily at 7pm.
More info: osteriafrancescana.it/massimo-bottura/

Bread Ahead

If you’re after some all-out carb-loading comfort (and who isn’t at the moment?), then try a masterclass from Bread Ahead, the London bakery that’s now proving itself online. So far, we’ve indulged in the hot cross buns tutorial, but there are plenty more adventurous recipes, such as Italian amaretti biscuits and French pain de campagne. And if you prefer the written word when it comes to home learning, you can now download the Bread Ahead cookbook for the modest sum of £5. 
Where? Instagram Live, and featured on Stories for 24 hours afterwards. instagram.com/breadaheadbakery
When? Usually 2pm daily. See the Bread Ahead feed for tutorial dates and times.
More info: breadahead.com

The Athenian

London’s landmark Greek food venue won’t be stopped by lockdown, continuing to deliver not only a select menu of dishes to its nearby customers but also cooking classes to the world via Instagram. Co-founder Tim Vasilakis live-streams cooking classes, teaching viewers to make favourites from The Athenian’s menu, including a simple tzatziki, Santorini tomato croquettes, spicy feta dip, homemade gyros and chocolatey mosaiko.
Where? instagram.com/theathenianuk
When? Every Saturday at 7pm.
More info: theathenian.co.uk

Arun Kapil

Anglo-Indian TV chef Arun Kapil has launched a series of free online classes from his coastal farm in County Cork. Guaranteed to put some colour back into your cooking, Kapil’s introduction to spices, spice blending and trading history is a vibrant culinary education. The ‘cooking with single spices’ tutorial aims to enliven such meals as Irish rarebit and chilli fried egg, while the ‘cooking with spice for vegetables’ class takes on a crowd-pleasing root vegetable bake. At the end of every session, a summary of the next is provided to allow time to chase down any missing ingredients or find suitable substitutes.
Where? instagram.com/arunkapil1
When? Eight 20-minute classes over four weeks (starting 13 April), held twice-weekly on Monday and Friday at 4pm.
More info: greensaffron.com/about-arun/

Mymuybueno 

Tune in to see a crack team of five-star chefs share their favourite recipes via Instagram Live in an initiative set up by Justine Murphy, founder of Mymuybueno — a luxury food and lifestyle company that includes a cookery school, deli and a private chef agency for luxury yachts. The likes of Atul Kochhar, Alex Dilling, Tony Parkin, Emma Bengtsson and Adam Handling will be taking over the Mymuybueno Instagram account, seeking to boost morale and spread the joy of home cooking with recipes from around the world.
Where? instagram.com/mymuybuenochefs
When? Every Thursday at 2pm.
More info: mymuybuenoprivatechefs.com

Salvatore Calabrese 

If there’s ever been a time to delve into the dark arts of the breakfast martini, that time is now. And if you want to do it with class, follow the lead of bartender Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese. Former legend of London’s landmark Dukes hotel and current head of Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel, Calabrese is now to be found mixing drinks from his home bar via Instagram and leading lessons on staples like negroni and spicy fifty. Hotel bars are often a safe haven for savvy cocktail hounds and, while their doors are closed, many are offering up a boozy boost by way of Instagram tutorials, including the Artesian Bar at The Langham, and The Savoy. The latter brings together the best minds in mixology from across the world, sharing tips and tricks under the banner of The Booze Brain.
Where? instagram.com/cocktailmaestro
When? Daily (or thereabouts).
More info: salvatore-calabrese.co.uk

Damian Wawrzyniak

The Polish food ambassador is cooking up a storm across pretty much all channels: sign up for private one-on-one Skype tutorials via his Twitter account, follow video tutorials on his YouTube channel or take sourdough bread-making classes and learn about dry starter distribution via his website. Get festive this weekend and learn how to make Easter babka — a sweet, yeasted Polish Easter cake that’s a little like an Italian panettone — following a recipe led by Wawrzyniak and Mary Berry.
Where? instagram.com/ChefConsultant and his YouTube channel
When? Various times weekly.
More info: chefconsultant.co.uk

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