Chefs of all abilities can now attempt Michelin starred dishes in their own kitchens following the launch of a collection of online cookery courses led by some of the UK’s most exciting professional chefs including Yorkshire’s very own Matt Healy.
Launched last month by 33-year-old Harrogate-based entrepreneur, Jonny Ross, mychefskills.com is a new service aimed at budding chefs and those with a passion for food. It offers a series of easily accessed online video tutorials that teach professional cookery techniques and share industry secrets from over 20 outstanding chefs. Top names include Michelin starred Nathan Outlaw, The Great British Menu’s Andy Sheridan and Masterchef, the Professionals finalists, Matt Healy (2016) and Philli Armitage-Mattin (2020).
The subscription-based service already offers over 80 different classes at launch. Lessons range from knife skills and fish filleting to cooking restaurant-quality posh fish and chips or a selection of dishes selected by Nathan Outlaw, who runs his self-titled two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in Port Isaac, Cornwall.
With a bank of new recipes, techniques and chefs being filmed and added all the time, there’s a huge variety of skills and dishes to try allowing budding chefs to hone their culinary talents to the highest standard.
As the boss of a successful live music event business, Jonny Ross suddenly saw all his work ground to a halt due to the pandemic. Already a keen and accomplished home cook, he always harboured dreams of creating a business based on his passion for food. He commented: “I went from running a business where we had almost 1,500 confirmed event bookings to delivering just eight. Rather than let lockdown get the better of me, I decided to focus all my efforts on making mychefskills.com happen, then got busy contacting some of the country’s most exciting chefs and signing them up to showcase some of their own treasured recipes for the public.
“The fundamental idea was to encourage the chefs to lift the lid on what they do and fuel the growing passion for great food and ingredients that so many people discovered, particularly during lockdown. I wanted to get under the skin of how to understand ingredients and get the best out of them, resulting in the most outstanding dishes, which many people at home wrongly think they are not capable of dishing up. By enlisting such a varied team of talented chefs, we’re able to cover off the whole skill set, not only teaching how to be a technically proficient cook but what to look out for when sourcing ingredients and making sure that the ingredients are treated with respect.”
And Yorkshire-based restaurant owner and MasterChef the Professionals finalist in 2016 Matt Healy, who also presents nine cooking lessons on mychefskills.com, said: “These recipes really are for anyone. Dishes like my beef wellington might sound impossible when you look at all the ingredients and steps, but if you follow along with the videos step by step, you’ll be properly impressed by what you can cook. It’s like having me and the other chefs in your back pocket, so you can be confident in the kitchen and cook like a chef at home.
“The thing that excites me most about My Chef Skills is how much I can see it building people’s confidence in the kitchen. Whether you’re a confident home cook or a complete amateur, you’ll be impressing family and friends in no time. Maybe even the next Masterchef…”
New chefs will be added to the on-demand video roster over the coming months with an increasing number of recipes to try new techniques to learn across a broad range of cooking styles from classic dishes and plant-based to world cuisine. Seasonal dishes will also be added.
Jonny Ross added: “I want people to enjoy the opportunity to cook along with some of their favourite chefs and unlock skills and knowledge that can be potentially life-changing. Essentially, we are hoping to empower people to cook like a pro.”
Subscription to mychefskills.com costs £12.50 a month billed in quarterly sessions. A subscription unlocks all available content, and interested users can also try out a free recipe by chef Matt Healy.