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.
The instructors at BubblesNBrushes break down the myth that one needs to be born a creative person, graduate from a prestigious art school, or live in 16th-century Italy to be a painter, teaching anyone, regardless of their experience or skill level, how to create their very own masterpiece. During nightly classes, they provide students with a canvas, paints, and instruments before leading them through an easy, step-by-step process. Featuring subjects that range from multicolor sunsets to cute animal portraits, each session focuses on a different style of composition. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages, light snacks, and industry-grade muses.
The teachers at Pink Elephant Art Studio ignite creative sparks with their featured painting classes, which provide step-by-step instruction for novice and experienced artists from beginning to end. With their favorite snacks and drinks in tow, guests set to work with provided materials to transform blank canvases into stylized landscapes, delicate still lifes, or jazzed-up Rorschach tests. At the end of each BYOB session, private party, or kids’ class, students leave with their handiwork.