The 12 best last-minute holiday gifts for people who love to cook

With unpredictable shipping, last-minute gifting needs and the desire for a creative gift, online cooking classes will continue to give night after night.

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on us, sometimes leaving us little time to find the perfect gifts for the ones we love. This year presents additional challenges with shortages and shipping delays affecting everyone’s holiday shopping. But not to worry. Holidays may be stressful, but finding a gift at the last minute doesn’t have to be. With Rouxbe, there’s something on this list for all the people in your life who love to cook — or who want to improve their skills in the kitchen.

Rouxbe is the world’s leading online culinary school, offering courses developed by a team of world-class chef educators and former culinary school executives. Whether the foodie in your life wants to gain confidence in the kitchen or is a professional wanting to expand his or her skill set — Rouxbe has plenty of options, including some new courses introduced this year, all guaranteed to arrive on time. 

For the One Looking to Learn How to Cook Once and For All

Perfect for the new couples, new homeowners or perhaps students who will soon be heading off to college, The Cook’s Roadmap is a great introductory course that dives into core cooking techniques. Taught by leading chef educators, students will learn knife skills, roasting, pan-frying, pasta and so much more.

For the Aspiring Chef

For the person in your life who always seems to be cooking up a new recipe, here is our pick. With the Professional Cook Certification Course, you learn the foundational techniques to make delicious food every time — with or without a recipe! This 200-hour online course covers material and instructional content found in top professional culinary schools so whether they plan to take their new skills into a new career or delight friends at dinner parties, this course will elevate their game in the kitchen.

For the Foodie

This person loves food — period. At home, on TV, in restaurants. Help them up their confidence in their own kitchen with an Annual Rouxbe Membership.  With a membership, access video lessons, tips, and techniques that will elevate confidence and competence in their kitchen.

For the Plant-Based Curious

Many of us are intrigued by vegan cooking, even if we’re not 100% committed to living a plant-based food life. This introductory course was designed to build confidence in the plant-based kitchen with a focus on core techniques, such as knife skills, steaming,

dry-heat cooking, substitutions and more. It’s the perfect ‘starter dish’ looking for those eat more vegetables in the new year and beyond.

For the Serious Plant Lover

Whether full-on plant-based or always looking to bring more plants into their diet, the Plant-based Professional Certification Course is the ultimate gift to help the cook in your life take their food to the next level. Developed with world-renowned chef Chad Sarno, this is the most comprehensive plant-based course ever created and will focus on core techniques, plus raw methods and no oil, low sodium, gluten-free options.

For the (Vegan) Sweet Tooth

Treat the sweet tooth in your life with a gift that will delight their taste buds night after night. Even your plant-based or health-conscious friends can enjoy something sweet after dinner, thanks to Chef Fran Costigan’s Essential Vegan Desserts Course. Chef Fran, AKA “Queen of Vegan Desserts”, will divulge the key secrets and techniques to making delicious vegan sweets in this online course. Be prepared to taste enjoy all kinds of goodies from pies, cakes, tarts and cookies to aquafaba, mousses, gels, trifles and sauces. 

For Fans of Jacques Pépin

For lifelong fans of Jacques Pépin, the Jacques Pépin: A Legacy of Technique course teaches how to “cook more like Jacques” by decoding and explaining the principles underlying the techniques that inform his cooking. This is a perfect way to

invite Jacques Pépin into your home and kitchen. Included are over 200 recipes and videos that Jacques has produced over several decades – including some never seen before.

For the (Sea)Foodie

Maybe they love to fish, sail, or just cook seafood. Either way Seafood Literacy with Barton Seaver is the ultimate gift for them. Chef, cookbook author, and sustainable seafood expert, Barton Seaver, gives students the confidence and competence to take advantage of all that fish, shellfish, and sea greens have to offer — from sea to plate in this incredible online course.

For the Health Guru

We have all heard the phrase “Food is Medicine”. The Health Guru in your life believes it and lives it. They know what to eat and why they need to eat it — but do they know how to source, prepare, and cook it? Culinary Rx puts it all together. This

revolutionary course created in partnership with The Plantrician Project puts “Food is Medicine” into practice and makes it practical to implement in your daily life. 

For the Culinary Creative

Food is art for so many so why not help that culinary artist turn passion and creativity into a dream career? Created by the esteemed team of chef educators at the French Pastry School, Introduction to Pastry Arts has been developed with special attention to both knowledge and competency-based learning. With a need for skilled pastry chefs in all corners of the world, now is a great time to take a class and whip up something truly delicious to share.

A Relaxing Gift for Anyone Who “Kneads” to De-Stress

Throughout this pandemic, many have found themselves baking bread at home, providing nourishment for the body and comfort

for the soul. Master bakers, Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F., have designed this new and exciting Bread Baking Arts baking program focusing on quick breads, artisan breads, and breakfast pastries.

For the Fashion Forward Foodie

Cake Baking & Decorating Arts is for the friend who exhibits a keen sense of art and design during the creative process of baking. Developed by The French Pastry School master bakers, Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., this immersive course dives into cake baking and decorating at the highest standard. It’s the perfect present for the Martha Stewart in your life.


About Rouxbe

Rouxbe, the world’s leading online culinary school, was founded in 2005 to train people of all abilities to become better, more confident — even healthier — cooks in kitchens around the world. With high definition videos, world-class instructors, peer support and interactive assignments, Rouxbe has set the bar as the new standard in culinary education; providing certificate-level instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations but also to serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting-edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. Rouxbe programs are also recognized by both the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and by WorldChefs as approved training programs.