10 Mega-Popular YouTube Cooking Channels By Cuisine

By Jessica Cam Wong, MakeUseOfAugust 13, 2012 at 08:31PM

youtube cooking showsI didn’t realize I was following so many cooking channels until I saw Joshua’s list of great YouTube cooking channels to follow. I knew at least 5 of the 6 channels in his list so I thought I’d feature a few more which I consider excellent sources of recipes and cooking tips. What makes the following chefs distinctive is that they are masters in a specific type of cuisine. Some might have video recipes for different regions, but most are fairly consistent in their specialization. Happy watching (and cooking, I hope!)


Betty’s Kitchen

Betty’s Kitchen is a cool cooking channel featuring retired Mathematics professor, Betty, in more than 1000 cooking videos. She makes lots of entrees, desserts and even features a few vlogs about her family, including bloopers, which are always appreciated. She’s even been featured on ABC. Here is one of her more popular videos, a recipe for buttercream frosting.

Food Wishes

Chef John has quite a following, and with good reason: He has over 700 recipes on lots of different dishes, something which is apparent in his large and varied collection of playlists. One of the things I admire from this channel is the chef’s voice, which is very radio-friendly, so it makes trying and cooking his recipes sound kind of pleasant. I’ve actually tried (and loved!) one of his recipes (simple Spaghetti Aglio e Olio) so I absolutely recommend his channel. Here is his version of crispy onion rings.

Fast Food


Robjnixon has plenty of videos (419 to be exact as of the writing of this article) on various types of cuisines and styles, but one of the things that this channel is known for is its weekly Fast Food Friday segment, where the chef shows viewers his take on a popular chain restaurant item, such as the Big Mac, Krispy Kreme donuts and more. Here is one video where he makes some fantastic-looking chocolate cake.


I love, love, love this channel because the host has a great personality, the recipes are simple and the channel name represents what I dream of when I’m cooking (who likes washing a multitude of dishes anyway?). His style of cooking doesn’t really belong in fast food category in the sense that he makes burgers and fries (because he doesn’t), but it does in the sense that his recipes are meant to be made quickly (awesome!) Plus, he has some blooper videos that are always entertaining to watch and a cookbook released by popular demand. Here is a video of his where he makes some oven-baked chicken nuggets.



LauraVitalesKitchen’s collection of YouTube videos has gotten over 33 million views so if you haven’t seen this channel, you’ve been missing out! LauraVitalesKitchen has almost 500 videos on lots of topics, including pasta, desserts from scratch, etc. The chef used to live in Italy and work in her parent’s Italian restaurant (I know this from watching a lot of her videos!) so if you want Italian, you’ve reached the right channel. Here is a video of her cupcake recipe, which has reached 2 million views.



LeanBodyLifestyle has a large collection of video recipes for people that might be interested in bodybuilding or getting some low-fat versions of popular recipes. I’ve even shared some of these recipes with my own friends as the channel owner has a few great recipes on healthy, oven-fried chicken. Here is a video where he makes some protein peanut butter cups.



I’m sort of cheating here since Vahchef isn’t strictly a vegetarian cooking channel, but it is certainly vegetarian-friendly. This channel contains over 400 videos, a lot of them clearly vegetarian with an Indian kick. There are also some non-vegetarian items for those that simply want to learn about Indian cuisine as well. Here is a recipe for onion samosa.



Wantanmien has over 100 videos on lots of Chinese (mainly Cantonese) dishes, some of which you can only find in restaurants. The channel also has some Western desserts (like German nut wedges or Nussecke) since the chef has lived in Germany. The videos are in Cantonese but there are English annotations in all videos. Here is a one on a popular Chinese breakfast item (my favorite!), ha gao or shrimp dumpling.



Maangchi has videos dating to 1997 so her Korean cooking show has been going on a while. That means you’ll find all kinds of recipe videos on Korean dishes, including updated videos on making kimchi, japchae and a lot of other Korean goodies. Here is a video of the Korean-style, twice-fried chicken.



I know Joshua listed a Japanese cooking channel (CookingWithDog) in his article, but Runnyrunny999 is another great channel with a large collection of Japanese video recipes. I’ve actually made his version of gyudon (thin beef slices with onions over white rice) so I encourage you to try his dishes as well. Here is the gyudon recipe for those interested.

So this is definitely an incomplete round-up of YouTube cooking channels. What channels would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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