Home cooks sometimes come up with incredible recipes that a professional chef would never think of. But 80% of the time, it’s the pro chef whose advice you should be listening to. And you’d be surprised to know that some of the best in the business run channels on YouTube.
There is nothing wrong with following home cooks too, of course. Thanks to some of them, you can get cooking with great YouTube channels. The skill of a professional chef is definitely superior, but not all chefs have the ability to impart that knowledge, especially through a video.
If you look through our list of 10 mega-popular YouTube channels by cuisine, you will find that they are all home cooks. So what do you do when you want to learn from experts? Here are the pros you can (and should) follow on YouTube:
Ramsay is arguably the biggest celebrity chef in the world right now, known as much for his excellent cooking as his foul language on screen. But on YouTube, the Masterchef USA judge tones down the language (although there are occasional lapses) and condenses his lessons into short clips. With sharp editing and quick cuts, Ramsay’s YouTube channel will teach you everything from chocolate tarts to skinning and deboning fish, and it won’t even take up much time doing that. Hit the subscribe button to get weekly updates.
The only two celebrity chefs talked about as often as Ramsay are Marco Pierre White and Jamie Oliver. White isn’t on YouTube, but Oliver runs an active YouTube channel he likes to call “Food Tube”, updating it multiple times every week — and recently, he’s also started a “Drinks Tube” sub-channel. Oliver is super energetic, talking fast, doing a million things, yet making you understand everything he’s saying and demonstrating it in a way that makes you think you can do it too. The best part about this channel is that he almost never uses fancy ingredients and the food used is something you will likely find at your local grocery.
Mario Batali is the chef half of one of the most successful restaurant businesses in the world. When it comes to Italian cooking, there are few in the world who know it better than Batali. On his YouTube channel, Batali stays true to the core of Italian cuisine but sticks to the basics. The How-To Tuesday section has one guide or lesson every week, from chopping onions to saucing pasta. Usually, the lessons are by accomplished chefs chosen by Batali, but sometimes, Batali himself jumps into the fray. What makes this channel stand out is the excellent production quality (the camera is zoomed into the food and the preparation, it’s not about the chef) that gives you valuable lessons usually in 2 minutes or less.
Beranbaum is no longer running an active YouTube channel, but her archives are a treasure trove of information for anyone with a sweet tooth. Beranbaum literally wrote the book on making cakes — her Cake Bible is a must-have for any baker. In her YouTube videos, Beranbaum covers a wide variety of baking-related topics, from short tips like making buttercream simpler to complex recipes like the to-die-for Grand Mariner cake. Subscribing won’t do you any good here, so just go through the archives and watch it all. It’s better than any active baking channel you will find.
You won’t find Christopher Kimball appearing often on America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel, but the TV show host is hardly ever missed. ATK is relentless in testing every recipe, checking out the best equipment for your kitchen, and coming up with ingenious ways to make your cooking life easier. Take, for instance, their recent recipe to make perfect soft-boiled eggs every time that give you a tender, set white and a fluid yolk. To get to that, ATK staff cooked more than 1,000 eggs! No home chef is going to ever do that, which is what makes these guys the pros you should follow.
The reason this article came about is because Alton Brown, the celebrated host of Good Eats, is now on YouTube and sharing some of his greatest tips and tricks in the kitchen in a new channel called Cook Smart. It’s just three videos old, but he has already shown how to make storing mustard (or really, any bottle that you need to squeeze) easier and more efficient in the fridge. And boy, the videos are made so well, accentuated by Brown’s natural charm on camera. Only good things lie ahead here and only a fool would even think of not following this channel.
Managing These Cooking Tips
These pros are going to share some great tips and also some great recipes, but how do you keep a track of them all? Bakari reckons Paprika [No longer available] is the best recipe manager on iOS, but perhaps you’d be better off easily downloading YouTube videos with 4K Video Downloader and sorting them into folders. The need of the hour is ideas to manage these cooking tips, so share your suggestion in the comments section below!
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