Are you looking for a bit of inspiration to kick things up in the kitchen?
Then cut out the frozen meals and start cooking like a Michelin star chef with these free and easy to use channels on YouTube. Learn recipes in an instant, no matter your situation or skill level: if you’re a student on a tight budget, a busy professional, vegan or vegetarian then chances are, YouTube has it all.
So without further ado, here is our selection of the top 5 channels to follow on YouTube this year, in no particular order.
Grab your apron and chef hat and get cooking!
3,304 channel subscribers
216,200 video views
Ditch the Pot Noodles, beans on toast and endless takeaways. Low budget cooking never looked so easy with these easy to follow videos from Student Mealz, the perfect how to guide made by students for students.
A new recipe is produced every Wednesday, schooling viewers across a number of cuisines with everything from Japanese onigiri and Belgian beer beef stew to a mean fudge brownie cake or the perfect hot chocolate, using nothing but Nutella and whipped cream.
And that’s not all; if you have a chance then check out the collection of hilarious blooper reels and fails from around the kitchen, even the pro’s make mistakes.
705,868 Channel Subscribers
128 million video views and counting!
This immensely popular channel features former teacher, Chef John showing you all there is to know about becoming a culinary wizard.
With over 800 recipes available, dating back to 2007 when the channel first launched, and 2-3 new video guides surfacing every week, what more could even the most fanatical food admirer want?
For all of you cake lovers out there, be sure to check out the video on how to make a Boston cream pie. Fast foodies; leave your KFC in the dust and prepare your own with an amazing clip on how to cook buttermilk fried chicken.
44,499 Channel Subscribers
Over 3.5 million video views
Need emergency dinner plans?
As the editor of Everyday Food, Sarah Carey and her team share their expertise in a 5 minute format to bring you a new video every day.
Perfect for anyone with a busy schedule, mum of two Sarah knows the trials and tribulations of cooking healthily while also balancing work and children. If you’re looking for some of the tastiest and fastest to prepare meals out there be sure to check out Everyday Food’s extensive library.
11,161 Channel Subscribers
676,000 video views
Relatively unknown to the public, world acclaimed restaurateur and celebrity cook Mario Batali has everything you could possibly need to better your skills in the kitchen this year.
Don’t miss out on How To Tuesday’s, which provide viewers with a weekly fix of ‘how to cook’ videos; featuring everything from grilling the perfect steak to creating your own pasta from scratch.
12,857 Channel Subscribers
319,559 video views
You didn’t think we would miss out the veggies did you?
Veggietorials is your one-stop-shop for all your vegan and vegetarian needs. Each week host Cob Kim provides tutorials, tips, methods and reviews on the best dishes and restaurants around.
If you’re looking to get in more of your five-a-day, detox or just eat that little bit healthier, then check out the latest Fully Raw challenge, which sees Kim eating nothing but raw foods over 21 cleansing days.
Well that’s it for our collection of videos, but don’t forget to head over to the Ovenu Facebook page and share your favourite YouTube cooking channels with us.