The Best Cooking & Food YouTube Channels
Well hello there. It’s nice to see you again.
We missed posting last week because we were too busy watching cooking videos on YouTube. So what are we writing about this week? Our favourite cooking and food-related YouTube channels, of course.
Now, if you’ve learned anything about us, you’ll know that we won’t be pimping out the basic bitch channels like Tasty and Twisted. (Although we will concede that they aren’t totally useless). We’re fancy (albeit mediocre) so here is our curated list of YouTube channels that we actually use for recipes, techniques, or inspiration in alphabetical order.
Adam is a relatively new food-YouTuber, but we’ve already fallen in love with his video style and format. It’s no-nonsense and straight to the point! From his insane lasagna to his game-changing video on why he seasons his cutting board and not his steak, Adam is full of food wisdom. He isn’t fussy or fancy! He just likes to cook good food.
Alex French Guy Cooking
We love Alex’s DIY attitude. Looking at his channel, it has evolved greatly over its history. Originally, he focused on recipes and basic cooking skills. He has since developed a long format style where he takes a food (such as croissants) and produces a multi-video deep dive into the subject. He discovers what makes the food special and goes on a journey to make the best possible version of it!
Binging With Babish
It’s difficult to succinctly summarize Binging With Babish. The channel started as (and still focuses mainly on) recreating food from movies and TV. His videos are universally excellent and mouth-wateringly delicious — so much so that we have done several posts using Babish as a reference, such as Pasta Aglio e Olio.
He also has a series titled Basics with Babish which focuses on some of the more fundamental skills that all cooks should know. Although we may disagree with Babish on what constitutes a basic skill (*cough* sous-vide *cough*) it’s still a great series that gives you plenty of recipes to practice your skills on and to build up a solid foundation of cooking.
There’s so much to say about Bon Appétit that we had a hard time coming up with a short description. The real star of this channel is not the industrial sized test kitchen that the videos are normally filmed in, but the hosts. There are so many great hosts, all with very unique personalities and different approaches to cooking. Our favourite hosts in no particular order are Brad, Claire, Andy, and Molly.
Both Brad’s It’s Alive series that focuses on fermenting food and Claire’s series where she recreates grocery store snacks (Twizzlers, Oreos, etc.) are reasons why you should subscribe to the channel!
Byron Talbott is a great Youtube Chef that we stumbled on not too long ago. He has a wide variety of videos on his channel, from basic techniques like different types of cuts, to the more fancy restaurant style dishes liked smoked trout and fennel pesto. We’ve used Byron’s channel and recipes to find inspiration in our own cooking, so if you’re looking for someone new and not so well known, give him a shot.
Have you ever wanted to watch an older, super fit, French guy make delicate desserts and whisper sweet nothings into your ear? If yes, then you’re going to want to watch Bruno Albouze. While he doesn’t strictly do desserts, most of his videos, especially the recent ones, focus on fancy desserts. We must admit that neither of us have the courage or confidence to attempt to recreate one of his fancy desserts yet, but we hope that one day in the future we will.
If this channel had a motto it would be, “SOUS-VIDE EVERYTHING!” All joking aside, ChefSteps is an interesting channel to watch. It contains a few simple, beginner level recipes such as this one for pancakes, and it also contains some high level, Michelin star restaurant, gastronomic bullshit like this recipe for soubise fluid gel. To be fair, we’re a little salty that we don’t have the equipment, time, or knowledge to cook like this. There are a lot of very interesting videos to watch, and it is a pretty good repository of techniques for all cooks to know.
Epicurious has one of our favourite series called 4 Levels. Each episode they challenge chefs of three levels — an amateur, a home cook, and a professional chef to make their version of a dish. Then, a food scientist reviews their work and breaks it down. It’s super educational and is great for beginner cooks to get new ideas on how to level up their cooking.
It’s also fun watching people fail during their 50 Person Prep Challenge series. Can you separate an egg? You’re ahead of the curve!
First We Feast
First We Feast is known for Hot Ones — the show with hot questions and even hotter wings. But that’s not why it’s on this list. They also have a series called Food Skills that is great for learning new things like how to make perfectly fluffy pancakes to how New York bagels are made. Love burgers? They have you covered with The Burger Show.
For the culinary curious, this channel is both fun and educational to watch!
“Hello this is Chef John from Food Wishes.com.”
As soon as you watch a few of his YouTube videos, this line will get stuck in your head! You’ll either love his voice or hate it, but even if you dislike it at the start, we guarantee that it’ll grow on you. Chef John is a great source of recipe inspiration — he posts new recipes consistently and offers simple recipes from his Instant Mac & Cheese to more complex recipes like Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks.
Joshua Weissman works in a Japanese restaurant and clearly has a large culinary skill set as evidenced by the variety of his videos. He is a big fan of sourdough and fermentation, so we think that he’d probably get along great with Brad from Bon Appétit. He’s also quite young, and very much in touch with internet culture. Come for the DIY bacon recipe, stay for the hip references.
Julien Solomita isn’t your average cooking channel — or some might argue that it isn’t a cooking channel at all. But with a majority of his latest uploads being cooking videos, we’re deeming it a cooking channel. If you’re interested in vegan and gluten free food, this is the channel for you! Learn how to make tofu that doesn’t suck or homemade Lays potato chips. If you’re an Aries, you need to watch this.
Like cats? Like Japanese food? You need to watch Jun’s Kitchen! His videos are calming and always include curious cats that watch him cook — sometime’s he even takes a cat for a ride in the basket on his bike while sourcing fresh ingredients. IT’S ADORABLE. Come for the food, stay for the cats.
(Note: Jun’s Kitchen hasn’t uploaded a lot recently, but he just moved into a new apartment and has his very own kitchen dedicated to this YouTube channel. Expect a lot more content soon!)
Maangchi’s channel is all about cooking, eating, and enjoying Korean cuisine with family and friends. Learn how to make delicious Korean side dishes like Japchae, or how to make your delicious bulgogi and save money eating out. Never had Korean food before? It’s time you do. Learn with Maangchi!
Munchies holds a special place in our hearts as our first ever post was based on a Munchies recipe. (Well, technically it was a Matty Matheson recipe for Munchies, but whatever, semantics.) But really though, Matty is the main reason why we’re subscribed to this channel, but there is a lot of other great content such as the videos with Action Bronson.
You Suck at Cooking
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What’s your favourite cooking/food YouTube channel? Let us know in the comments below!
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