Level up on lockdown with these cookery classes.

22nd April 2020

With more time indoors, what better opportunity is there to take your culinary skills to the next level? Here is our favourite selection of the best online bread, pastry and pasta making classes for you to enjoy right now.

Doughnut class with Bread Ahead Bakery

Borough Market’s Bread Ahead have been sharing their knowledge and passion for baking during lockdown with daily Instagram live baking tutorials. The tutorials have gone down so well with home bakers that they have decided to put their most popular bakery workshop online, showing you how to make mouth-watering doughnuts from the comfort of your own kitchen in just 2 hours. Fresh doughnuts and expert tuition from one of London’s best bakeries. What are you waiting for?

Details: £25 per person. 2 hours, online. Go to

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👨‍🍳FULL DOUGHNUT COURSE👨‍🍳 We have lunched 3 dates for our new 2 hour doughnut workshop. An in depth course covering all aspects of the fabled Bread Ahead Doughnut. Making the dough. Shaping & techniques. Proving & Frying the Doughnuts. Making the fillings. Custards and Honetcomb. Filling the Doughnut. All in a 2 hour workshop with Matthew. Dates and booking information on our website. 👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳 Make it a date and tag your baker buddie. £25 per person and you will receive a recipe and method ebook to cover all the areas of doughnut creation. 👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳 We are doing this on ZOOM , it’s all the rage! #doughnuts #workshop #homebaker #stayhome #stayhomebaker #baking #london #globalbakers #education #motivation #tutorial #online #stayhome #london #handmade #realfood #freshfood #slowdown #slowfood #breadahead #matthewjones #instabake

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The Puff School of Pastry.

The popular Puff pop-up bakery was only recently founded by two London-based pastry chefs with over 14 years’ experience in some of the finest baking establishments like Ottolenghi, Dominique Ansel NYC, and St JOHN. Now, following the lockdown, they have launched an 8 week digital pastry course to teach people the building blocks of pastry making from home. The course covers everything from pies, pastry, dough, cakes, and chocolate desserts.  

Details: £65 (£8.15 per class). 8 weeks. Go to

Pasta making with Nonna Nerina

The 84 year old Italian Grandmother, Nonna Nerina, usually teaches international foodies from her home in Italy. Now with the help of her granddaughter, she’s teaching people how to make fresh pasta the Italian way in a two hour live stream cookery class. Ingredients sent in advance with as well as their favourite selection of wines to pair.

Details: £50 ($60 dollars). 2 hours. Go to


How to make Sourdough Bread with Bridget Hugo

Bridget Hugo is the co-founder of Franca Manca pizzeria and artisanal bakery Bread Bread. We’re a little biased here because we sell Bread Bread’s delicious baked goods but in this course you’ll learn directly from one of the masters of sourdough baking. Filmed across 21 videos, you’ll also learn how to make focaccia, pizzas and bread buns.

Details: £42. 2.5 hours. Go to

An Italian Masterclass with Massimo Bottura

While the Masterclass courses are more expensive than the others in this list, they do pretty much guarantee high production value and world-class talent. Nowhere is that more evident than in this modern Italian cooking course form 3 Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura. You’ll learn how to make pesto, tortellini, pumpkin risotto. Massimo has also started live broadcasting recipes from his Instagram (@massimobottura), which is a free and fun alternative for those who don’t want to commit to the whole class. 

Details: 2 all access passes to Masterclass are £170. 14 video lessons. Go to


Free recipe tutorials

There is a treasure trove of free cookery content online at the moment as chefs and recipe developers are broadcasting live cookalongs and simple recipes to keep us entertained. If you’re a fan of middle eastern cooking style then we suggest you take a look at the simple recipe guides put together by two of Ottolenghi’s recipe developers @Ixta and @noorishbynoor. The other chef that has caught our eye is Olivia Catherina Burt (@cheflivburt), the 2019 MasterChef: The Professionals finalist. Olivia has also been sharing some top recipes with very detailed cooking instructions including: chicken and sweetcorn soup, cauliflower and coconut dhal, and wild garlic pesto. 

 Details: free!

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This spicy mushroom ragout is an easy one-tray bake to add to your veggie kitchen repertoire. It’s 100% vegan and multiple percent big on flavour, so if you’re into chilli heat then this is right up your alley. The key to this ragout is in the chilli paste made by blitzing together tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oil, spices (I used cumin, coriander, cinnamon and a bit of smoked paprika!) and some rehydrated dried chillies. You can play around with this base by using up other dried chillies you might have in your cupboard such as ancho or chipotle or just some dried chilli flakes! Or you can just blitz in some fresh chillies if you like. And if you don’t want a serious kick, just use less chilli! Use whatever mixed mushrooms you can get your hands on- but keep them in large chunks, for maximum meatiness (sans meat). As for the spices, go with what you have and what YOU like- I took a more middle eastern route and I kept it spicy because #spicegirls This would go great spooned over baked potatoes or with plain rice. I finished it with a drizzle of cream (no longer vegan), a sprinkling of parm, plenty of chopped fresh coriander and some whole wheat fusilli tossed into it. The ragout is yours- do as you like with it!! Process shots and exact recipe measurements are all in my stories and highlights. @ottolenghi #OTK #ottolenghitestkitchen

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