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Being stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic does not have to be boring. In fact, it’s a great time to learn a new skill. And, with restaurants shuttered due to the crisis, chefs are getting creative, offering free cooking classes to their followers on Instagram.

From the comfort of your own home, you can learn how to make exciting dishes from renowned chefs. From making your own pasta to jumping on the sourdough bread trend to satisfying your sweet tooth with lessons from expert bakers, now is the perfect time to step-up your cooking game.

Here are some Instagram accounts offering Instagram Live cooking classes:

1. Massimo Bottura (@massimobottura)

Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura hosts Instagram Live cooking tutorials with his entire family. Bottura runs one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy.

Bottura’s “Kitchen Quarantine” takes place every night at 7pm (GMT). Bottura told Business Insider, “this is not a MasterClass.” The purpose of each lesson, he says, “is more to share with people from all over the world, this idea of social gesture, this idea of bringing some joy in the families that are following us.”

The chef streams his family’s meal prep each night, so if you’re looking for delicious, comforting Italian dishes—think homemade pasta, risotto, and gelato—this is the place.

2. Borough Market (@boroughmarket)

Borough Market remains open despite the shutdown, but has introduced social distancing measures, and encourages all customers to “come, shop, leave.” But for those who cannot travel to Borough Market at this time, the market hopes to connect with their customers on social media.

This famous London produce market is offering free cooking classes at 1pm every weekday. With guest appearances from chefs and bakers, Borough Market hosts classes that viewers at home can follow along. Most recently, followers were treated to a stovetop sourdough pizza recipe from baker and chef Martha de Lacey.

Fans of Borough Market can also join the Facebook page Borough Market Community. There, the market will offer recipes, cooking tips, and advice on how to produce shop during the pandemic.

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Baker and chef @marthadelacey shows us how to perfect sourdough pizza at home, step-by-step. Topping choices are at your discretion (to pineapple, or not to pineapple ?), but scroll down for Martha’s all important dough recipe: 90% 00 flour 10% rye flour 40% levain 60% water 2.5% salt – Mix, stretch and fold for 4 hours, refrigerate – The next day, roll into 250g balls and dust with flour and proof under film for 4 hours. – Cook! And for that all-important tomato sauce, you’ll need to blend: Tin of tomatoes 4 cloves of garlic 2 red chillies Glug of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste. Subscribe to @themuffkitchen via their website. #boroughmarket #ourboroughmarket #producemarket #foodmarket

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3. Christina Tosi (@christinatosi)

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, follow Christina Tosi. As the creator of Milk Bar, a popular bakery with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, Tosi is the expert on all things sweet.

Join her Baking Club on Instagram Live every day at 2pm EST.

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4. Bread Ahead (@breadaheadbakery)

The biggest cooking trend amidst the coronavirus lockdown is undoubtedly baking sourdough bread. If you’ve jumped on that bandwagon, follow Bread Ahead. Sourdough enthusiasts can take part in Bread Ahead’s daily sourdough starter sessions, streaming on Instagram live every night at 6pm (GMT).

Or, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to bake focaccia or cinnamon buns, check out Bread Ahead’s saved Instagram highlights.

Bakers can also follow along during Bake Ahead’s home baking classes, beginning every day at 2pm GMT.

5. Antoni Porowski (@antoni)

Antoni Porowski, one of the stars of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” series, is offering cooking inspiration to home chefs with his new Instagram TV series.

His “Quar Eye” series features easy-to-follow “pun-y” recipes. His latest recipe is called “Chicken Soup for the Soul(cially distanced. Follow along for some wholesome cooking content.

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