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A person with short salt-and-pepper gray hair + matching facial hair and glasses talking, holding a glass bottle.
A person with short salt-and-pepper gray hair + matching facial hair and glasses talking, holding a glass bottle.
Mossimo Bottura. Photo: MasterClass

While the online learning industry was booming before Covid-19, it has now become a central part of our lives. More Americans are taking online classes — even when it comes to cooking.

While many classes are free, MasterClass, the Rolls-Royce of online education platforms, is one of the first to partner with iconic celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Alice Waters, Aaron Franklin, and Thomas Keller. The movie-like trailers showcase famous chefs sharing moments of culinary clarity and inviting us to join them for the ride.

Membership to the platform is $90 per class, with an option for an all-access…

From how Michelangelo ate to an eggplant-intensive course, there’s one for everyone

An array of pasta fresca shapes
An array of pasta fresca shapes
Fresh semolina pasta from a Domenica Cooks Pasta 101 class. Photo: Domenica Marchetti

For those of us missing Italy, sipping Chianti or gesticulating with Duolingo might soothe withdrawals, but a cooking class led by an Italian professional could work even better. Here are a dozen virtual food and drink experiences — from a course about Michelangelo’s eating habits to a two-day eggplant intensive — that bring a bit of Italy to you.

1. Pasta and preservation with Domenica Cooks

The multi-part Pasta with Domenica Cooks series, taught by Virginia-based Italian cookbook author Domenica Marchetti, is well underway, with workshops on stuffed, hand-pulled, and whole-wheat pastas, plus more. Some classes have sold out as of this writing, but the series…

New York’s Drive Change and new culinary director Kurt Evans are putting their hearts and resources into teaching

Drive Change photo

A recent New York transplant from Philadelphia, Kurt Evans is an activist — so it makes sense that he’s the new culinary director for Brooklyn-based nonprofit Drive Change, a Bed-Stuy job training program for 18- to 25-year-old returning citizens.

Evans joins Jordyn Lexton, who, in 2014, created Drive Change. The organization came about when the former English teacher at Rikers Island saw firsthand high recidivism rates for young people — students come back into Rikers after release because they lacked the training they needed to succeed. Back then, New York was one of two states in the nation to automatically…


Food from every angle: From Medium x Mark Bittman

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