7 of the best foodie YouTube channels to watch for cooking tips and lessons

SIENA, ITALY - JULY 05: Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay holds a cooking class at the Castel Monastero Resort on July 5, 2012 in Castel Monastero - Siena, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
SIENA, ITALY - JULY 05: Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay holds a cooking class at the Castel Monastero Resort on July 5, 2012 in Castel Monastero - Siena, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) /

Have you ever wondered what inspires people to turn to YouTube for cooking inspiration? Or maybe you just want to know who to watch. Either way, we have some ideas.

I was talking to my neighbor, George, (a foodie in his own right) the other day. He is an 83 year old veteran in the Canadian Military. As I was headed out for my daily walk, he stopped me to say hello. He was on his daily walk as well; he not being one to “let his body go to rust,” as he often says.

I had given him a casserole I had made the night before and he wanted to tell me how delicious it was. “Domenic, I haven’t tasted a casserole like that since my time on the farm with my parents. Where did you learn that recipe, son?”

YouTube and the internet are the answer to many a foodie inspiration

“On the internet,” I responded.

“You don’t say.” He paused here and then said: “Well, these days there’s everything on that internet, isn’t there? Anything you want to know or learn about?”

I nodded and smiled and let him know that I was planning to try a low fat ricotta and whey protein cheesecake, and I’d bring him a piece, to which he said thank you and went on his way.

And yes, there really is anything you want these days out there on the World Wide Web, and for us foodies, the sky is the limit when it comes to recipes and videos about the subject we just can’t get enough of: the wonder that is food. Especially on YouTube, which is where I get a lot of my recipes.

Here are only 7 YouTube channels to get epic cooking tips and lessons, no matter what you’re in the mood for

The Foodie Channel

At 7.64K subscribers, this channel certainly has a following. Perhaps not as many followers as some of the heavyweights on this list, but definitely worth your time. I know they’ve taught me a lot.

They have tips on how to cut a watermelon properly, to an epic recipe for the gooiest chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever tried.

Cupcake Jemma

This foodie and baker, who showcases many epic sweets and desserts, has got 2.24M subscribers and trust me when I tell you, that so many people cannot be wrong. If you are looking for great baking tips, this lady has certainly got a fountain of information to divulge. And the great thing about YouTube is that it’s free. All you need is an internet connection and you get all this info thrown at you. How great is that?

Potato Goodness

Some people like pasta, some people love rice, or even corn. Myself, I love all carbohydrate and starch sides equally, but OMG, potatoes have an effect on me that any other starch just doesn’t have. Maybe it’s because there’s so many ways to cook a potato…countless recipes to drive you insane.

As a native Quebecois, I’ve eaten my fair share of Poutine, so I’ve eaten quite a few potatoes to say the least.

But this channel is a potato haven, and the tips and recipes will please all potato lovers in your household, or perhaps even the great neighbors around you.

An additional perk here is the fact that many great chefs are featured in videos on this channel. Some chefs featured are: Chef Rock Harper, a Hell’s Kitchen winner; Chef David Rose, and even certain potato growers who know the ingredient best.

Liezl Jayne Strydom

Now for you health buffs out there, or anyone trying to remove a few inches off the old waist, the next two channels are definitely up your alley.

This woman specifically lost a lot of weight and she shows you just how to do it. This channel shows meal prep techniques—quick and efficient—and tasty but healthy options that won’t lead to failed diets.

Muscle & Strength

And speaking of healthy options, for those of you out there that like to hang out at the gym just as much as you like to hang out at a few of the local eateries around your hood, this channel is certainly for you. Workout tips are also included here.

You’ll be privy to bodybuilder and fitness model meal preps, recipes and believe it or not, the epic cheat meals that they are capable of eating. And if you’ve seen Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram feed, then you know just how much gym buffs like him can put away. It’s all pretty interesting to watch.

KanaChan TV

And speaking of athletes and pro wrestlers, this  woman, known professionally as Asuka,  is someone I respect a whole lot. As well as being a food writer, I’m also a professional wrestling journalist, and this woman lays the smack down from week to week wrestling for WWE where she has held the top title.

But on her time off, she is a foodie’s foodie, displaying authentic recipes from her native Japan on her very own YouTube channel.

If you love Japanese cuisine, this is the channel for you.

Gordon Ramsay

Well…could we really have left this man off of a list like this? No way. Not only is he an actual chef and television chef, but he has a YouTube channel with a whopping 18 million subscribers!

If you want Michelin star rated food that you can make in the comfort of your own home, this is the channel of all channels. Besides, he’s awesome to watch and learn from anyways.

I always and still use his recipe for Wellington every time I make it. I once made it for an editor of mine and let’s just say she isn’t as harsh as she once was about my typos.

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Thanks Gordon. And you’ll be thanking him soon too, if you check out this channel.