Now that we’re at the pointy end of the year, the focus has invariably shifted towards merriment. Whether it’s friends, family or work colleagues – food is an integral part of these celebrations.
Fortunately, whether you’re a rookie chef looking to level up or an old hand searching for a challenge, YouTube has got you covered. There’s a wealth of cooking-themed channels out there just waiting – and we’ve got our Top 10 listed here, just for you.
If you like your food perfectly photographed with a side of English accents, Sorted Food is the channel for you. The dishes are beautifully presented but approachable enough to try yourself at home, and there’s even a whole section dedicated to eye candy! Check out this video for peanut butter and chocolate fondant and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about:
Laura in the Kitchen
Getting a little bit Mediterranean, Laura Vitale takes us into her kitchen for Italian classics like pizza, lasagna and, of course, pasta! Coming from a family of Italian cooks and restaurateurs, she’s got plenty of tips and tricks to share and people seem to agree – she’s been picked up for her own TV series and even has an app available through iTunes! Our favourite is the easy step-by-step guide to home-made pizza and let’s face it, with over 2.5 million views, how can you go wrong?
With a focus on authenticity and healthy eating, Chef Sanjay Thumma has dedicated his YouTube channel to the food of his native homeland, India. He covers plenty of classic dishes like butter chicken, biryani and samosas, plus there’s a wide variety of vegetarian mains and sides. His most popular dish by far is his chicken biryani, which has racked up a whopping 3 million views over the last 7 years. See what the fuss is about here:
If meat in bread is more your thing, then definitely check out Richard Blais’ homage to the (not so) humble burger. Bringing all kinds of weird ingredients like mac ‘n’ cheese, lobster and Chinese dumplings into the realm of burgers (fortunately not all in the one bun!), just watching these videos is probably enough to raise your cholesterol. If you’re a firm believer in “everything in moderation, including moderation” these burgers might be just the temptation you need…
Variety is, as they say, the spice of life and this is why we love Tastemade. So much more than just a YouTube channel, it’s brought together by a world-wide community of food lovers, sharing recipes and experiences from all corners of the globe. With so many different contributors and themes, there’s definitely something for everyone here, including vegetarian and vegan friendly recipes, menus inspired by favourite films and a tribute to International Coffee Day.
Our favourite section is the Perennial Plate – a documentary series that visits 12 different countries and attempts to condense a few weeks of adventure into a video only a few minutes long. Check out the India Experience below, but be warned, it may result in severe wanderlust.
Epic Meal Time
Certainly not suitable for the faint of heart, Epic Meal Time definitely does what it says on the box. One of his videos features Arnold Schwarzenegger, a tank and a steak and egg sandwich made using Ostrich eggs.
For the rookies amongst us, Hilah has got you covered with her YouTube channel dedicated to simple recipes and basic skills.
Her “Learn to Cook” series covers a whole range of skills that more experienced chefs just take for granted, I’m talking about poaching an egg, carving a chicken and slicing onions. Perfect for those who are new to the world of cooking, there’s plenty of recipes that are both delicious and suitable for beginners.
Great Depression Cooking
Not nearly as sad as the title may suggest, this channel features 93-year-old Clara sharing the recipes of her childhood. A great watch for history buffs and thrifty cooks alike, Clara brings a world of experience to the kitchen and shares stories while she cooks. Sadly, Clara passed away in late 2013 but her videos remain popular on YouTube, including her “Poor man’s feast”.
How to cook that
Home-grown Ann Reardon caters to the sweet tooths amongst us with her channel “How to cook that.” Featuring recipes such as Oreo Cheesecake and the world’s largest Snickers bar (seriously!), she makes things look dangerously easy to whip up for friends and family.
Taking us further down the rabbit hole of delicious treats, Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies brings geeky back with her 100% dorkalicious recipes. Taking inspiration from a whole range of themes like Harry Potter, Super Mario and Space Invaders, her creations require a dab hand with the piping bag, but there’s also plenty of ideas for those just starting out. These cookies in particular, featuring Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy would be a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen – they might even do the dishes afterwards!
Do you love watching YouTube cooking channels? Share your favourite channels in the comments below.
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