15 Online Cooking Classes That Let You Travel the World Through Food

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By far one of my most favorite things to do when traveling is take a cooking class.

Whether it’s paella in Valencia, pasta in Rome, waffles in Brussels, or Nasi Goreng in Bali, learning how to cook local dishes from local chefs is one of the most valuable experiences you can have.

Not only do you get to spend a few hours with a local and bring a recipe home, but you get a delicious meal at the end of it all!

Now that we’re all stuck at home, there are actually a BUNCH of cooking classes that have moved online–meaning that you can still travel the world with your tastebuds!

Here are 15 awesome online cooking classes that will take you on a trip around the world!

Independent Online Cooking Classes

Pastel de Nata – Lisbon, Portugal

Pastel de Nata from the Pasteleria Santo Antonio in Lisbon, Portugal

Pastel de Natas as the delicious egg custard tarts that are practically synonymous with Lisbon and Portugal in general.

I’ve been missing Portugal and these little tarts a LOT lately, which is why I was so excited to see that a bakery in Lisbon, which usually offers in-person classes, is offering online pastel de nata workshops now!

There are a few different dates available, and for just €15 you & anyone else who can gather around the screen can learn how to make delicious pastel de natas from a REAL Lisbon bakery!

African Cooking in Quarantine

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Fish in the grill! Yummy yummy!

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If you’re looking to learn how to make a delicious meal from an African country, then you need to check out Motherland Cooking Xperience’s new African Cooking in Quarantine classes!

They even offer meal-kits which can be delivered straight to your door with all of the ingredients you’ll need for the class.

Best of all? The class itself is free!

Borough Market Online Cooking Classes

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Whoever thinks lunch should be savoury certainly hadn’t tried @poppy_loves_london’s apple, ginger and lime crumble. Head to our IGTV for this simply delicious recipe ????. Filling: 450g apples, peeled, cored & chopped into 1cm pieces 100g brown sugar 1 tbsp plain flour 1 lime, zest & juice 1 tbsp ginger conserve/stem ginger 100ml water Crumble: 300g plain flour 175g brown sugar Pinch salt 1tsp ground ginger 200g butter, softened METHOD 1. Boil water and sugar together until sugar has melted 2. Add apple & simmer for a couple of mins 3. Add flour 4. Add ginger & lime juice & zest, mix well together and set aside 5. Throw all your crumble ingredients into a bowl and rub with fingertips until you have a crumbly texture 6. Butter your baking dish and pour in the apple filling 7. Pour the crumble on top and level with a spoon 8. Bake at 180°C for 45 mins Serve with whipped cream ???? #boroughmarket #ourboroughmarket #easterfestival

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If you’re missing delicious fresh produce and a trip to the farmer’s market, then Borough Market’s Instagram online cooking classes might be just the ticket for you!

So far they’ve published recipes for Indonesia satay, apple, ginger, and lime crumble, and beetroot and walnut patties! You can find all of them on their IGTV here.

Airbnb Online Experiences

Just because Airbnb’s regular experiences are suspended doesn’t mean you can’t still take part. These online cooking classes are all part of Airbnb’s new online experiences!

Pasta – Italy

If you’re savoring homemade pasta, then you’re in luck. Airbnb has several different pasta making classes among their online experiences offerings!

Learn how to make Grandma’s pasta in Milan or Luca & Lorenzo’s family pasta recipe.

Alternatively, get a little crazy with a colorful pasta class (again with Grandma), or crank up the opera tunes with a class in the Florence countryside.

Salsa & Tacos – Mexico

learn how to make mexican street tacos in an online cooking class

There are two different mouth-watering cooking class options for if your trip to Mexico was cancelled.

First up: learn how to make street tacos–including filling, hand-made flour tortillas, and salsa–from a professional chef. You’ll make Pastor, Barbacoa and Campechano tacos and probably devour them all in two seconds flat.

Second: accompany your tacos with some salsa by taking a salsa-making class! In this online cooking class you’ll learn how to make Mexican salsa in 3 different ways: roasted, raw, and fried.

Cape Malay Curry – Cape Town, South Africa

Ready to spice up your life? Well, you’ll certainly be able to do so in this “Curry in a Hurry” class!

Learn how to make a Malay curry paste and cook a delicious vegetarian curry with a Malay cooking pro from her home in South Africa!

Chicken Tagine – Marrakech, Morocco

Dreaming of a delicious chicken tagine to warm your belly? You’re in luck, because one of the online cooking classes from Airbnb that has absolutely caught my eye is a traditional cooking class with a Moroccan family.

Learn how to make chicken tagine and a Moroccan salad, as well as all about Moroccan cuisine and culture. It will feel like you’ve traveled all the way to Marrakech!

Portuguese Tapas – Lisbon, Portugal

Sure, you’ve heard of Spanish tapas before. But prepare to bow down to Portugese tapas!

In this class, you’ll learn how to make tuna paté and Açorda Alentejana, aka “the most flavorful soup you will ever try”.

Swedish Pastries – Stockholm, Sweden

learn how to make swedish pastries in an online cooking class

Not feeling in the mood to make a main dish? Why not try your hand at some Swedish cinnamon and cardamom buns?

Join a Swedish pastry chef from her home in Stockholm for an online baking class to learn the secrets to Swedish pastry!

Traveling Spoon Online Cooking Classes

Another great resource for finding online cooking classes is Traveling Spoon! While they normally operate as a booking platform for private cooking classes around the world, they now offer several online cooking classes for those of us staying at home.

Gnocchi – Florence, Italy

Not in the mood for pasta? Learn how to make another Italian classic instead!

Learn how to make fresh gnocchi with pesto, ragu, or mushroom sauce from Cinzia in Florence, Italy.

She also offers a pasta class.

Character Bento Boxes – Tokyo, Japan

Need a bit of cuteness in your life? Learn how to make an adorable character bento box, complete with a shaped character, Japanese egg, and shaped side snacks!

This precious cooking class is taught online by Noriko from her home in Tokyo, Japan.

Paella – Valencia, Spain

Learning how to make paella in Valencia

If you can’t travel to the home of paella – Valencia, then going there virtually is the next best thing. Plus, you’ll be able to taste the paella after learning to make it from Juan!

Instead of seafood paella, you’ll learn how to make the traditional Valencian paella, as well as tortilla de patatas, a Spanish omelet.

Ceviche – Lima, Peru

Looking to make something fresh and delicious? Why not try making some ceviche?

In this online cooking class you’ll learn how to make classic Peruvian white fish ceviche, as well as lomo saltado, a Peruvian stir-fry.

Dutch Pancake – Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you’re hankering for something sweet, then why not try your hand at a dutch pancake?

In this class you’ll learn how to make both savory and sweet dutch pancakes, as well as Stamppot, a traditional Dutch dish of mashed potatoes with endive and smoked sausage!

Greek Meatballs – Athens, Greece

Finally, travel to Athens, Greece by learning how to make hearty greek meatballs (soutzoukakia) in an online cooking class.

Your teacher, Fotini, is a cookbook author, so you know the meatballs will be delicious!

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Addie Gray is a recent college grad and a passionate solo female traveler. Having traveled to more than 20 countries, she now shares her knowledge on budget travel, solo female travel, and travel photography.

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