The Best YouTube Cooking Channels
While there are literally hundreds of amazing cooking TV shows to choose from if you’re interested in culinary entertainment, sometimes you don’t have 30 to 60 minutes to dedicate towards relaxation.
If you’re on the hunt for short, entertaining cooking demonstrations and discussions, look no further than YouTube, home to all things video. There are tons of amazing YouTube channels dedicated to food, cooking, and eating all things delicious. They range from the off-air antics of TV chefs to talented amateurs who just want to share their niche passion with the world.
Whatever you’re interested in, there’s bound to be something on this list for you. Get ready to hit subscribe!
Serious Eats is a popular website that has a whole host of incredible demo videos on their YouTube channel. If you look on their website, most of their recipes come with both an explanatory article which gives insight into how they perfected the technique, plus a link to YouTube video where you can see a demonstration in action. Some recent videos include Fried Chicken with Honey and Spice and Glossy Fudge Brownies. Their videos are simple, and they do a great job explaining and demonstrating the techniques without getting into too much complicated chef jargon.
J. Kenji López-Alt
Kenji López-Alt is an American chef and writer who is currently the managing culinary director of Serious Eats. On his personal YouTube channel, he posts a lot of the techniques that he’s pioneered for Serious Eats, including a tutorial for his brilliant ultra-smashed burger. He also posts a fun series called First Person Cooking, where he uses a GoPro camera strapped to his head to show viewers how he makes quick meals without a set recipe. Many of these First Person Cooking videos are made late at night, and they’re very simple.
Kenji’s mission seems to be to convince everyone that they have what it takes to cook amazing meals, without a lot of fuss.
If you’re more into carbs than any other food group, you should definitely look up Pasta Grannies, a YouTube channel that’s dedicated to preserving ancient pasta-making techniques before they’re lost to time. The channel has tons of videos of Italian and French grannies (and sometimes their kids and grandkids!) making delicious pastas by hand. The skill with which they roll and shape the dough is incredible — many of them have been doing it for upwards of 80 years!
There’s a new video posted every Thursday, and past videos have featured unique dishes like gnocchi di malga, scarpinocc, and pizzocheri, all made by adorable grannies.