Cooking is a skill that you can expand greatly by watching a variety of chefs to gain new ideas. Because of this, YouTube lends itself well to content based around preparing food.
In this article, we highlight some of the most interesting cooking channels on YouTube. Skip the boring tutorials and spice it up with far more interesting cuisine-based content.
This channel isn’t what you first think about when you hear the name; there’s no chowing down on dogs here. Instead, this one revolves around a Japanese chef (known only as “Chef”) and her dog Francis. While Chef cooks and occasionally speaks in Japanese, Francis “narrates” the cooking instructions in English.
Many of the dishes prepared are Japanese cuisine, but some videos cover food from other regions. Unfortunately, Francis died in 2016, and the channel’s content has slowed down since then. Newer videos use a toy dog in place of the real Francis, but they’re still enjoyable.
This video is the newest one at the time of writing. It shows the preparation of Tai Kobujime, a fish and seaweed-based dish. Make sure to check the link in the description to get step-by-step instructions if you need more help after watching the video.
While this next highlighted video is older, you of course have to check out one that features Francis. Watch in amazement how he manages to narrate the process even when he’s sleeping.
Our next highlighted channel serves an interesting combination of food and entertainment. Binging with Babish is all about creating foods from movies and TV shows. Since a lot of these dishes are outlandish, the results are quite enjoyable.
Babish’s high-quality videos and calming demeanor make this an excellent channel in all regards. Unfortunately, you’ll have to recreate the dishes yourself if you want to taste them.
In the above clip, Babish makes one of his most-requested foods: spaghetti tacos from the Nickelodeon show iCarly. It’s a zany mix that actually turns out pretty well. As you’ll notice, each episode of the show includes a brief clip of the source material so you can see where the food originated.
If you like the style of his videos but don’t care much about seeing movie/TV foods, check out the Basics with Babish series. This runs alongside the main videos and teaches simple lessons for kitchen newbies.
Looking for some foods that are a little less… normal? Epic Meal Time is all about creating completely ridiculous mega-foods loaded with calories and other unhealthy goodness. You’ll find foods that have been fried dozens of times, meals that weigh a hundred pounds, and much more.
It can be a bit gross, and you’d have to be crazy to follow any of these videos and make these foods on your own. But for a bit of wild fun with food, you can’t beat it.
Do you like granola bars? You’ll be blown away by how big they can make one in this video.
It’s no surprise to see McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast foods shown across the channel. In the above video, the guys create a giant burrito consisting of hundreds of McDonald’s burgers, fries, and more. Watch in awe as the calorie counter climbs in real-time.
Here’s a channel that’s dedicated to the history of England. Not all of its videos are related to cooking, but we’ve included it for its series of videos called The Victorian Way.
In this series, you get to enjoy a historical impersonator playing a Mrs. Crocombe, who walks you through the preparation of traditional British dishes from the Victorian era. Not only are the dishes right out of the period, but most of the utensils and the kitchen itself fit the time perfectly. It’s a great mix of history and cooking.
The newest video at the time of writing walks through the baking of custard pudding. We think you’ll agree that the end result is quite pleasing to the eyes.
Not interested in dessert? Check out the above video preparing turbot, a dish popular among the wealthy of the era.
Our last channel offers something a little different. Instead of straightforward cooking videos, America’s Test Kitchen features all sorts of different looks at cooking. You’ll find videos on the science of different preparation methods, product recommendations for kitchen utensils, blind taste test comparing various brands, and more.
If you’re interested in some of the “behind the scenes” aspects of cooking like these, you’ll have some fun here.
Here’s an example of a topic you might not have considered before, but which definitely makes a difference when preparing seafood. It’s a glance into the science behind cooking, which not every channel talks about.
For something a little more fun, have a look at this taste-testing of various whipped cream brands. Maybe it will help you decide which one to use in your own baking.
Get Cooking With YouTube!
These channels all bring something unique to the art of cooking. Whether you want to see unbelievable foods from your favorite TV shows brought to life or learn how to cook like it’s 1850, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here.
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