Owing to the effects of COVID-19, many of us find ourselves holed up at home with an unexpected amount of time on our hands. For some of us, we’re social distancing alongside family or friends at home. Others find themselves cooped up alone. Socialising and going out to eat, let alone travelling abroad, have been put on hold for the foreseeable future.
The good news is that there is a way to continue engaging with new cultures and people while indulging your tastebuds by joining in with an online cooking class! Various restaurants and chefs have been hosting virtual demos and classes since lockdown began, from Wagamama to Jack Monroe. One of the latest to hit our screens is airKitchen LIVE, which allows you to browse and book virtual cooking classes with chefs around the world – with vegan, vegetarian and family-friendly classes all on offer! With over 70 online cooking classes registered from over 13 countries, the platform means you can learn how to cook a traditional vegan/vegetarian dish directly from a local of Japan, Poland, Italy, and more. After preparing the food, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down and virtually enjoy the meal together, so you can enjoy a new culture and cuisine in the safety of your home.
How does airKitchen LIVE work?
You can easily browse online class listings, where hosts indicate whether or not their class is veg-friendly. Guests can send a reservation request, then communicate directly with the host about time zone differences, food preferences, necessary supplies and ingredients, and any other concerns prior to booking confirmation. All hosts speak English, and the classes will utilise apps like Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts.
Without a doubt, it is a crucial time to engage with people from all over the world. In a rare moment, we're all united in the circumstances of COVID-19. And yet, heightened fear and travel restrictions limit our ability to connect with others. An airKitchen LIVE helps bring people together, creating an opporunity for cultural exchange through a shared love for food. You get to learn how to create a new veggie dish, whilst making new friends from around the world at the same time – it's a win-win!