The Best YouTube Food Channels

From Chinese Cooking Demystified to Binging With Babish, these are the very best food-related YouTube channels you should subscribe to.
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Binging with Babish is one of the best YouTube food channels around.

I’ve been into YouTube since the days of 'Charlie Bit My Finger' and 'Numa Numa. Got no idea what either of those things are? Well, then consider yourself lucky. All you really need to know is that YouTube has changed a great deal over the last 15 years. It’s transformed from "that website with lots of cat videos" into a bonafide entertainment platform where careers can be launched and six-figure livings can be earned.

The way that YouTube has embraced the world of food and cooking and provided a genuine alternative to mainstream media pathways is nothing short of impressive. You no longer have to have an expensive, well-produced show on the Food Network to launch a successful career in food media – you just have to have a half-decent camera and an understanding of what the internet wants to see. I often find myself turning to YouTube when I want to learn something new in the kitchen but, even then, I find that the sheer range of cooking videos and how-to instructionals out there can be a little bit overwhelming. So who should you trust when it comes to content and how can you avoid the unhelpful clickbait? That's where this round-up of the very best YouTube food channels should hopefully come in handy.

There's a heap of exciting and entertaining YouTube food channels you should be subscribed to. Some are capable of making you a better cook while others might simply provide you with some light and frothy food-related entertainment to watch while you scoff your dinner. There’s a YouTube food channel out there for pretty much every mood and every food. From Maangchi’s hugely popular cooking channel to the city food tours from TOPJAW, these are my pick of the best YouTube food channels. Don’t forget to like and subscribe.

Chinese Cooking Demystified

Chinese Cooking Demystified is a super wholesome YouTube channel dedicated to – you guessed it – Chinese cooking. Chris Thomas and Stephanie Li are a food-obsessed couple based in Shenzhen, China and their videos provide an informative, yet approachable, breakdown of how to make traditional Chinese recipes. Each video offers a glimpse into China’s diverse regional culinary scene while also providing some context and back story behind the dishes they cook. Even if you never make any of the recipes for yourself, you can still get a lot out of watching CCD’s channel.

Binging With Babish

Andrew Rea (aka Babish) is one of the most successful food YouTubers of all time. So much so that he’s now launched his very own Babish Culinary Universe that encompasses a range of talented internet food personalities. Combining his love for food and film, Rea sets out every week to recreate the foods you've always wanted to try from movies and television. If you’ve ever wondered how you would go about making a krabby patty like Spongebob, then this is the channel for you. Binging With Babish is a funny and fresh alternative to the fustiness of the Food Network and Rea’s more recent foray into the non-film and TV recipe world, via his ‘Basics with Babish’ series, is equally brilliant.

About to Eat

About To Eat is a fairly new YouTube food channel that describes itself as being about “the excitement of knowing something wonderful is coming”. Which is rather lovely, isn’t it? The videos on this channel place a focus on the stories and people behind the dishes we know and love and offer a real food lover’s perspective into the behind-the-scenes of what we eat. Alongside your more typical “I Only Ate Pixar Foods For 24 Hours”-style YouTube challenges as well. Hosts Andrew Ilnyckyj and Inga Lam know how to work the camera and their explorations into different cuisines and dishes are earnest and entertaining. About to Eat is great to watch with a meal on your plate.

Mob

We couldn’t talk about all the very best YouTube food channels and not talk about ourselves now, could we? Yes, Mob is on YouTube. Join us as we create delicious recipes, show off nifty kitchen tips and tricks, and give you the hottest product and restaurant recommendations around. If you want to learn how to become a better cook, you’re in the right place

ChefSteps

The main difference between ChefSteps and a lot of the middling YouTube food channels you’ll find out there is that ChefSteps produce content that’s made by actually, y’know, chefs. The clue is in the name. This channel aims to teach you all about the why's behind the how's of a variety of different recipes and techniques. Regular series on the channel like ‘Level Up’ and ‘The Road To Cooking’ are as entertaining as they are informative. Get on it.

TOPJAW

Director Will Warr and host Jesse Burgess are the top men behind the TOPJAW YouTube channel – a venture the pair started in order to document their favourite things to eat, drink, and do. If you’re the sort of person who gets a real kick out of sourcing out the best eats in whatever city you’re in, then it’s likely you’ll get a kick out of TOPJAW’s videos. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a guide on what to eat in London over a 24-hour time period or a beginner’s intro to sourdough bread, the production value on TOPJAW’s videos is always excellent and the chemistry between Jesse and Will means the antics are often highly entertaining. Give this YouTube food channel a go if you want to be very, very jealous of the TOPJAW lifestyle.

Maangchi

Emily Kim (aka Maangchi) is a Korean-American YouTuber who you should absolutely have on your radar. Kim’s YouTube channel is essentially a Korean cooking show in miniature, offering how-to recipe videos on dishes like ojingeo-jeot and eomuk-guksu that don’t pander to a Euro-centric or American audience. As host of the show, Kim is highly engaging and enthusiastic; she never fails to make me feel like I can tackle whatever culinary challenge she’s about to throw my way. Whether I actually complete that challenge is beside the point. Kim is the cooking instructor you’ve always wanted and Maangchi is one of the best YouTube food channels around.

Matty Matheson

It’s fairly likely that you’re already familiar with Matty Matheson and his signature style of cooking. The man’s written numerous cookbooks and was a regular presenter on VICE’s It's Suppertime! and Dead Set on Life series. Matheson’s now got his own YouTube channel where he’s constantly looking to test the limits of flavour with recipe videos and food-related cooking challenges. The dishes he whips up always look delicious and Matheson never fails to be a riot when the camera’s on him. Subscribe if you want to have Matty scream and shout at you in a loveable fashion.

Eater

Eater produces some real nerdy stuff. And I absolutely love it for that. This is the single best YouTube food channel to binge your way through to learn everything from what a line cook actually gets up to when they’re on the job to the ins and outs of the Los Angeles food scene. It’s content that’s best consumed when you’re hunched over a hoagie on your lunch break. Not sure if you’re a big enough food fanatic enough to dive in? The best way to gauge whether or not Eater’s videos are up your street is if you get excited by a video title like ‘How a Michelin-Starred Restaurant Processes 100 Pounds of Dry-Aged Fish Per Day’. Intrigued? Welcome to the club.

Cooking With Dog

Cooking with Dog is a YouTube cooking show featuring a canine host named Francis and a mysterious Japanese chef who simply goes by: ‘Chef’. At least, it was until Francis died a few years ago. Although Cooking with Dog is still going with a stuffed animal as Francis’s cuddly replacement, I’d recommend going back through the older videos and re-watching the channel’s halcyon days. Chef is a great talent and it’s obvious she knows her way around the kitchen but it was Francis’s calming presence that made this food YouTube channel an essential watch.

J. Kenji López-Alt

J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef and award-winning cookbook author who also happens to run one of the sweetest (and tastiest) YouTube channels in existence. The videos on his channel mostly involve López-Alt cooking with a camera strapped to his forehead so you can see how he thinks about food and moves around the kitchen. The POV-technique gives you a real feel for how to tackle whatever dish is on the menu and López-Alt’s narration is as soothing and comforting as the food he cooks. López-Alt makes it look effortless and it’s impossible to watch his videos without being motivated to get cracking in the kitchen.

Action Bronson

There’s a very specific sub-genre of men who you can always tell, just by the look of them, are obsessed with Action Bronson. You can spot them from a mile off. They’re the same sort of person who tends to talk a great deal about natural wine, MF Doom, and Japanese raw denim at house parties. Anyways – regardless of who’s watching it – Action Bronson’s YouTube channel is a treasure trove of food tours, feasts, and vlogs from everyone’s favourite rapper/songwriter/chef/wrestler/television presenter/flâneur.

Serious Eats

The Serious Eats YouTube channel is a neat extension of the website’s food and recipe content and an excellent account to subscribe to if you’re interested in learning more about in-depth cooking techniques, tips, and tricks. None of the videos on Serious Eats are going to blow your mind but they’re all well shot and get to the point fairly quickly. If you’re after straightforward recipe videos that aren’t bogged down in gimmicks or click bait-y hooks, this is probably the perfect YouTube food channel for you.

NYT Cooking

The NYT Cooking channel is a YouTube food channel that balances entertainment and personality with sound advice and easy-to-follow techniques. Regular appearances from New York Times editors, writers, and contributors mean you’ll always get a video from an expert in their given field and it’s that thorough knowledge that really shines through. YouTube is unfortunately a platform that’s rife with people who have no idea what they’re talking about and NYT Cooking is an informative and engaging antidote to that. If I could only subscribe to one food-related YouTube channel, it’d probably be this one.

Alison Roman

Being able to write excellent recipes is one thing but being able to do that while also being an entertaining personality on camera is far from easy. Alison Roman, however, makes it look easy. Her YouTube food channel is packed with heaps of easy-to-follow recipes, all delivered with a healthy dose of Alison’s signature laidback vibe. She makes cooking look fun and approachable and that’s what more food content online should be about.

JunsKitchen

Jun Yoshizuki’s JunsKitchen channel is full of videos with delicious recipes and adorable cats. It’s basically exactly what the internet was created for. Jun doesn’t post very often but you can be assured of some quality content when he does. Most videos, which are accompanied by delicate piano music and Jun’s honeyed voiceover, take you from the sourcing of the ingredients of a specific dish all the way through to its eventual completion. With, of course, some ample footage of Jun’s cats scattered throughout. JunsKitchen is the most relaxing YouTube food channel I’ve ever stumble upon and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

MUNCHIES

Want a YouTube food channel to binge when you've got the munchies? Well, MUNCHIES is ideal viewing for that situation. You'll find plenty of drool-worthy recipe videos on the channel but it's in the series and through the engaging original video content that offers a perspective on the intersection where humans and food connect where the channel fares best. The 'Street Food Icons' series is heartwarming stuff and champions the various diaspora communities dotted across America by highlighting the food they make and the vital role they play in their local communities. Definitely worth a watch. Even when you're not high as a kite.

Food52

When it comes to YouTube food channels that can fill that Bon Appétit-shaped hole in your life, there’s not many that are more up to the task than Food52. Series from ex-BA alum like Rick Martinez and Sohla El-Waylly are obviously a big draw but Food52’s homegrown ‘Big Little Recipes’ series – which aims to highlight simple recipes you can make with just two or three ingredients – is the shining gem in the channel’s crown. Hosted by Food52’s brilliant food editor Emma Laperruque, those videos have got me through dinner on many days when I’ve been depressed and desperate for cooking inspiration.

First We Feast

First We Feast is one of the most popular YouTube food channels because of its flagship series, Hot Ones. It’s the show with hot questions with even hotter wings where celebrity guests are interviewed while they eat a progressively (and aggressively) spicy array of chicken wings. Everyone from Scarlett Johanssen to Shaquille O’Neal has made an appearance on the show; never failing to deliver footage of genuine A-listers properly sweating it out. Hot Ones might pull in the largest viewing figures but other series on the First We Feast channel like The Burger Show, Tacos Con Todo, and Burger Scholar Sessions are also worth checking out.

Big Has

If you want a foolproof way to ward off the Sunday scaries then you need to be put onto Big Has and his YouTube food channel. Which is exactly what I’m doing right now. Has’s Sunday Sessions are a salve to a lot of the shit that’s out there, and the appeal is painfully simple. Subscribe to his channel and you can expect high-quality videos of Has cooking something delicious in his garden to drop into your feed on a Sunday. Has is one of the most criminally underrated content creators in the food scene right now.

Claire Saffitz x Dessert Person

Claire Saffitz is a big dessert person and her Dessert Person YouTube channel is one of the best about if you want to get inventive with your bakes. Claire, who you’ll likely know from her days at the BA Test Kitchen, is a highly engaging host and no matter the difficulty of the task at hand she always manages to make it look approachable and fun. Whether she’s showing you how to make the perfect, treacly topping for a walnut maple sticky bun or manically explaining the flavour matrix of a chocolate brownie (“a cakey brownie is just chocolate cake”), half-sour Saffitz always delivers the goods. Subscribe to this YouTube food channel if you want to give your eyes a freshly baked treat.

SORTEDfood

Started by a group of friends in London, SORTEDfood has grown to become one of the largest YouTube food channels in the UK. A viral behemoth of the blighty food media landscape. The videos – which are posted every Wednesday and Sunday – tend to involve attempting kooky cooking challenges or reviewing bizarre kitchen gadgets and tools. The end results are often a lot of fun and surprisingly informative, too.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen – also known as OTK to those who are ITK – produce some really premium food content. The best part of all? It’s totally free. Hop onto their YouTube channel and you can tuck into some of the best recipe videos around from a diverse team of super-talented recipe developers. If you don’t know, now you know.

Brian Lagerstrom

Yes, his name may sound like the sort of misguided nickname you give yourself in a drunken haze during Freshers’ week but Brian Lagerstrom is a serious cook. His serious eponymous YouTube food channel is a nice place for rookie home cooks to find their feet as well as more experienced chefs who want to rediscover their passion for simple cooking.

Joshua Weissman

Joshua Weissman makes cooking videos with a focus on “food that’s exciting”. The subject of Weissman’s videos can be anything from the perfect homemade omelette to one-dollar sushi rolls you can make with minimal ingredients though it’s his recreations of dishes from fast-food chains like Taco Bell and Pizza Hut which steal the show. The recipes are are usually pretty approachable and you can give most of them a go straight off the bat; however, it’s Weissman’s dry sense of humour and entertaining asides that separates his content from the blander instructional videos out there.

Souped Up

Mandy Fu's Souped Up is a lovely little YouTube food channel where Mandy uploads videos of how to make traditional Chinese recipes each and every week. Dishes might range from basic minced pork and long bean stir-fries to more in-depth dim sum preparations but Mandy’s infectious joy for cooking never falters. It’s impossible to watch any of Mandy’s videos without getting immensely hungry and the fact that she’s always keen to tuck into her own food at the end is a testament to how delicious her recipes are and what a genuinely passionate host she is.

Carla Lalli Music

Want to find out how to make the world’s juiciest meatballs? What about a spatchcock chicken? Or a triple-layer aubergine parm? Whatever craving you’ve got Carla Lalli Music has got a recipe that’ll satisfy your stomach and give your tastebuds a welcome snog. You can read our interview with Carla to find out more about her approach to cooking but just trust that her YouTube food channel is just as charming as she is.

Insider Food

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen just about every episode of Food Insider’s ‘Food Wars’. The name might sound a bit intense but that series (which is one of the many that the bods at Food Insider produce) is a great insight into the difference between fast food cultures around the world. It’s also excellent no-frills food porn. Other series like ‘Big Batches’, ‘Food Tours’, and ‘Regional Eats’ are just as much fun and are definitely worth a watch. You’ll always come away from this YouTube food channel with a couple of useful nuggets of information. Usually chicken.

Bon Appétit

It’s hard to create a list of the best YouTube food channels and not include Bon Appétit. They’re the elephant in the room when it comes to online food content. Controversies aside, the channel is producing some really interesting videos as of late with Andre Mack’s wine videos and its ‘On The Line’ series (which highlights the work of actual chefs in actual kitchens) being particular standouts.

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