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 Texas Zoo brings guests up close to animals such as ocelots, coati, alligators, and owls. Visitors can wander the zoo path in search of their favorite big cats or the monkey enclosure, or attend one of the zoo’s many feeding and training programs to see otters, lions, and gators in action. In addition to self-guided tours, the zoo runs educational summer camps including the reptile weekend, conservation rangers, and Drawn to Animals art camp.