Take Your Cooking Skills to the Next Level with Private Skype Classes from Top Chefs Around the World

updated May 6, 2020
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Confession: As much as I love to cook, I’m starting to feel a bit uninspired in the kitchen. Perhaps it’s the monotony of cooking three meals a day, or maybe just the fact that I miss cooking with my friends and family. But as we self-isolate at home, there are still some great ways to continue connecting with others in the kitchen while picking up a new skill or two. Like The Chef & The Dish: The interactive online platform offers a curriculum of virtual cooking classes taught by international chefs around the world — in real time via Skype. 

Here’s how it works: Once you select your choice of class from the numerous options, you’ll be provided with a menu, shopping list, and a list of equipment needed to execute the meal. You’ll even be assigned a Kitchen Assistant, sort of like a concierge, to guide you through the process. Just before the class starts, you simply set up your laptop or tablet in the kitchen and meet your chef instructor over Skype. Unlike streaming cooking demos on Facebook Live, the renowned roster of chefs at The Chef & The Dish offer live, step-by-step instruction, and on-the-spot troubleshooting. It’s the closest you’ll get (at least right now!) to a private cooking class in your own kitchen.

As for the menu, you can learn how to make homemade orecchiette directly from Michelin-star chef Carlotta Martinelli’s kitchen in Bari, Italy. Or master assembling the perfect bento box with top-rated Japanese chef Yoshimi. You also have the option to learn how to make moqueca, a delicious Brazilian stew, from chef Renato or Hungarian goulash from chef Agnes. There are a ton more options, but if you can’t decide which to choose, there’s also a What’s In Your Fridge? option, in which you supply a list of the ingredients you have, and you’ll be paired accordingly with one of the chefs.

Besides individual classes, you can also zhuzh up date night by opting for a couple’s cooking class, or pick a multi-location group cooking class that lets you connect with friends and family in different cities or parts of the world. Classes run anywhere from an hour to two-and-a-half hours (depending on your chosen class and number of participants) and cost between $149 to $299, with incremental costs per additional guest. And if you’re in the mood to splurge, check out the five-course Around The World Cooking Pass, where you get to choose cooking experiences with five different chefs.

So whether you’re looking to learn a new technique from a pro or just want an excuse to virtually clink glasses with friends or family, The Chef & The Dish has you covered. And since we’re all experts in video conference technology by now anyway, this is a great excuse to use it for something fun! 

Click here for more details on The Chef & The Dish.