Learning to cook ought to be a relaxing hobby, but doing so faced with the shuttering of cafés, restaurants and some shops is nothing but stressful. 

Luckily, there are plenty of trusted cooks, foodies and world-renowned chefs racing to share their knowledge with followers in these uncertain times, and with Instagram, Facebook and the rest, it's never been easier to learn from the masters. 

Here are just a few of our go-to foodie teachers online:

Massimo Bottura

A hugely revered figure in the food industry, Bottura's three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy was named the best restaurant in the world in 2018. Bottura himself was also the mastermind behind saving 360,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese after an earthquake hit the region, so he knows how to handle a crisis. As well as this, he's just an adorable, affable man. 

A seasoned teacher, Bottura wasted no time in offering his expertise through 'Kitchen Quarantine', his Instagram series of simple, home-cooked recipes. The live show kicks off every day at 7pm, so it's perfect to cook along with.

Whether it's a simple hummus, chocolate sauce or a vibrant spinach and gorgonzola dish, Bottura's videos feel like being welcomed into a bustling Italian home – because you are!

Jennifer Garner

Though the star is best known for her role in 13 Going on 30, you won't find any red Razzles in her feed. Instead, the energetic mom has carved out one of the most wholesome spots on Instagram with her 'Pretend Cooking Show', posting some of her favourite home bakes and recipes with her eight million followers. 

You'll usually find Garner at her counter in the dead of night or super early in the morning, covered in flour, hair pulled back and pj's still on – so, same, really. There's no influencer glitz or glamour here, just good food: her favourite English muffins, pretzels, lemon chicken and raspberry jam. Delish. 

Frank Prisinzano

The bad boy of Italian cooking, Prisinzano has built a brand on his suave, soulful and sexy way of cooking, as well as his trio of hugely popular New York City restaurants. But more than anything, fans flock to his "methods" – he never calls them recipes – for his relaxed and heartfelt way of cooking. 

No measurements, no cooking times, no strict rules on equipment except a few essentials, his recipes call for you to enjoy what you're making and engage in the moment, which makes it perfect for long days spent at home. All of his tips are available on Instagram, saved as Highlights on his profile. 

From pasta limone and sticky garlic marinara, to pancakes and candied sweet potatoes, Prisinzano's food is simple, and made to be tweaked and adapted by you. He calls its "flow", and it's the best way to learn to cook if you're a newbie. 

Roz Purcell

If there's one gal who knows about good, nourishing and tasty home cooking, it's Roz Purcell. With her food blog Natural Born Feeder spreading the joy of delicious vegan cooking for years now, Purcell is our go-to for simple bakes and yummy curries. 

We love her fridge clear-outs on Friday, sharing how to make the most of what's in your fridge, as well as her Asian and Indian-inspired curries and noodles using some everyday ingredients. But more than anything we live for her mouthwatering bakes: banana bread, chocolate and orange muffins and chocolatey three-ingredient protein balls. 

Nonna Nerina

It's no wonder many of us are turning to pasta and Italian staples for our comfort food these days: plentiful, made to be shared and full of fresh flavour and vibrant colours, it's some of the best family food out there. And if you want to learn how to master pasta, look no further than legendary Italian grandmother, Nonna Nerina. 

Already beloved among travellers as one of Airbnb's Experiences, her handiwork brings tourists to her once-sleepy town where she teaches them to make cannelloni, ravioli and everything in between. 

With Italy on lockdown, you don't need to miss out, as 84-year-old grandmother is running online classes with her granddaughter. You can book a live two-hour tutorial, with a shopping and equipment list included.