"If you make it, you will taste it" is the motto founders Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles envisioned when they created Young Chefs Academy. In addition to giving youngsters hands-on exposure to culinary techniques, kitchen safety, eating etiquette, and table setting, the academy's philosophy ensures that kids like 10-year-old former veggie-hater Camille gain an appreciation for healthy homemade cuisine. With centers in more than 10 states, Young Chefs Academy enriches growing minds ages 3?18 with engaging cooking classes, camps, and birthday parties that impart valuable life skills, such as self-reliance and how to trick a younger sibling into doing the dishes.
At a moment's notice, contestants from the Emmy-Award-winning show Top Chef appear in Top Chef University members' homes, ready to give one-on-one cooking lessons. Though users will meet stars such as Spike Mendelsohn and Stephanie Izard, they don't have to wipe down the counters or season their neglected cast-iron pans in preparation. That's because the school's 200 lessons are all online videos, streamable to any computer.
Top Chef contestants walk members through a slew of cooking methods in 12 one-month courses, each composed of videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes long. The easy-to-follow curriculum starts with basic cooking techniques such as sautéing and braising, ending with more advanced recipes for modern and ethnic cuisines from Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais. Each video comes with a printable recipe to save and cherish, along with a Top Chef Certificate of Completion.
Instructor Joshua John Russell sketches a cake design inspired by modern fashion, then demonstrates how to imprint fondant to mimic lace, corduroy, and crocodile skin and how to pipe icing into swirls and puffy pearl-like shapes. His students follow along, step by step. Yet those very students are spread across the country, learning from their own kitchens, dressed in their own aprons and footie pajamas. That?s because Joshua?s class, Fashion-Inspired Fondant, is part of the Craftsy library.
The online education community has produced more than 340 engaging craft-making videos taught by expert instructors. In addition to cake-decorating classes, Craftsy offers classes in knitting, baking, quilting, jewelry making, and other fun and expressive media.
Once students purchase a class, they can view the video whenever and as many times as they?d like, easily rewinding to rewatch a particularly intricate skill and bookmarking favorite moments to return to later. Craftsy also offers workshops, supplies, downloadable patterns, and a gallery of inspiring member projects.
e-Careers helps students flesh out their resum?s and advance their careers with continuing education available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Established in 2002, the company has refined a specialization in delivering a wide variety of educational and training programs to an equally diverse array of clients and sectors. e-Careers hosts study programs that detail children?s education, web design, and most foreign languages, excluding the language of robot love. To simulate the traditional classroom experience as much as possible, each course comes to life with animated content, video and audio training, and virtual laboratories. Likewise, communicative features such as discussion boards allow participants to collaborate and converse, eliminating the need to send tweets when the teacher?s back is turned. Technical support is available 24 hours a day Monday?Friday by phone, email, and online chat.
Hall of Fame chef Dominic O'Neill satiates the minds of burgeoning chefs with a carefully curated selection of online videos designed to build from basic skills up to more advanced techniques. More than 250 instructional videos imbue home cooks with a deep set of abilities, and recipes both simple and complex add restaurant-quality flavor to family feasts, holiday gatherings, and the mouths of passing pelicans. Customers also learn related concepts such as proper hand washing and the creation of ice sculptures, which make elegant centerpieces. Lessons are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics, and content is intuitively organized so that students can explore the intricacies of tomato sauce or the many ways to defend oneself with a napkin.
Certified live- and raw-food chef Christa Emrick teaches classes of up to 25 people how to craft delicious treats with raw, vegan ingredients and without cumbersome ovens. Guests at the Christmas Cookies class watch and learn as Chef Christa follows recipes taken from her own e-book, Holiday Raw Food Sweets and Treats, to produce cookies free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugar, and coal. Chef Christa also reveals a secret ingredient that can replace eggs, cream, and butter in recipes and out-perform them in food fights. After the class, participants can take home recipes and leftover sample Christmas cookies to enjoy or test them out on the taste buds of a department-store Santa.