“Top Chef University Gets You Top Chef Certified.”
“…high-energy, celebrity-chef instructors, online tests and progress tracker… from Bravo’s reality show Top Chef.”
“[Top Chef University] made me so confident that, instead of going out for my sister’s 30th birthday on Sunday, I decided I’d cook.”
“…thumbs up for their impressive range of subjects, with more than 235 lessons packed with useful tips.”
“…don’t need to worry about being away from the family, with a few taps of the screen I can learn from some of the best Top Chef contestants.”
“…a standout online culinary school, high quality video tutorials with former Top Chef contestants as instructors.”

Test your chops and earn Top Chef University Certification

The Culinary Educational Experience

  • Built by professional chefs for home cooks:  Former Top Chef contestants serve as your personal guide as you experience immersive, interactive virtual training modules.
  • Internet Accessibility 24/7: Accessible anytime on any web-enabled desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
  • Easy-to-use: Our user-friendly platform makes navigation simple for all skill levels. Once logged in, you will be able to begin cooking with just a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Virtual interactivity: Uniquely designed testing mechanisms allow users to actively participate and engage to foster comprehension and retention. Repeat and review key courses and recipes as you advance through the training.

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Getting Started

Course One

Ready to get cooking? This course shows you how to prep your kitchen, how to stock it, equip it, and set up. You’ll also learn basic knife skills and get introduced on how to cook fruits, veggies and herbs.

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Stocks, Soups, Sauces & Salads

Course Two

This is where you’ll learn about the building blocks of cooking: stocks, soups and sauces. We’ll also delve into salads, covering the specific principles, techniques and how to cook with different recipes.

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Saute, Boil & Grill

Course Three

This course covers the basic cooking techniques of sauteing, boiling and grilling – from the fundamentals, to advanced principles, you’ll work with different ingredients to cover it all.

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Roast, Braise, Fry & Confit

Course Four

This course covers more cooking techniques: roasting, braising, frying and confit – a method of food preservation that is a staple of French cooking. Working with different meats and vegetables you’ll learn how to cook with all the subtleties it takes to use these techniques like a pro.

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Vegetables, Eggs & Dairy

Course Five

Do amazing things with the most basic ingredients. This is where we explore how to cook with different possibilities and techniques using veggies, eggs, dairy and cheese.

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Pork & Poultry

Course Six

This course offers lessons on how to cook with the best of poultry and pig. Explore a wealth of recipes for different cuts of pork, and chicken along with dishes created for turkey, quail and duck.

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Beef, Lamb & Beyond

Course Seven

We’ll break down some of the basic cuts of beef and show you how to cook them to perfection. Then we’ll work with lamb giving you some great recipes before finally moving on to how to prepare the awesome world of offal.

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From The Ocean

Course Eight

This course dives into the basics of fish and how to cook with it to achieve amazing results. Immerse yourself in recipes for scallops, oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp, crab and lobster.

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Good Harvest

Course Nine

No need to go against the grain. Here you’ll explore the art of making pasta and creating delicious dishes from grains like rice, bulgar, barley and grits. You’ll also rise to the occasion with lessons on breadbaking.

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Just Desserts

Course Ten

Now it’s time for the best part – dessert. Learn how to make fruits, cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, custards, puddings and more. There’s something for every sweet tooth.

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Global Cuisine

Course Eleven

Here’s your passport to a world of flavors and exciting ingredients. We’ll explore how to cook with a variety of cuisines, including Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Thai, Mexican and German.

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Entertaining & Advanced

Course Twelve

Now you’re ready for something a little more…complicated. In this course, we’ll cover some advanced techniques for truly entertaining recipes – along with the science of some modern cooking methods.

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Top Chef University


(when paid in advanced annually)

A complete educational experience unavailable anywhere else

Students-only chef training exclusively from the Top Chef Chef’testants

Over 200 lessons and 20 courses from kitchen fundamentals through to mastery.

Recommended assignment of 1 hour weekly coursework.

Attend class on your schedule, school is open 24/7

60+ weeks of interactive instructional courses.

Top Chef University Certification upon completion

Bring classroom into your kitchen on your tablet, smartphone or laptop.

Produced at the Official Top Chef University Studios

Learn from the best for a fraction of the cost of a live culinary school

Save $120 dollars by enrolling in the annual plan vs the month to month plan

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And Don’t Forget About Our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Top Chef University comes with a 30-day, one hundred percent money-back guarantee.

We want to create the best course possible for you today, to do it with integrity and in a way that makes everyone who takes it feels they got an amazing value.

If you disagree that Top Chef University is not everything you hoped and dreamed, let us know and we’ll return your investment.

Right now you’re being presented with a risk-free opportunity to improve & hone your culinary skills regardless of what your current skill set level is.


Both of these subscriptions offer the same great courses, the only difference is how you decide to pay for the course. We offer monthly installments to facilitate payment but you can also choose to pay a one time fee for the entire year.
We accept all major Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express
If you cancel your membership after purchasing access to the site, your access will terminate at the end of your current month’s billing period and your monthly billing will stop. Our 30 day money back guarantee is valid from the date of purchase. 
Yes – simply sign up and create a username and password for your recipient. Then pass them the login credentials. (Official TCU Gift Cards are currently in production and will be available in the coming future)
There are on average 18 lessons per course and each lesson ranges from 5 – 30 minutes depending on the subject matter.
You can watch and review the videos as many times as you like while you are a paying member. The videos can be streamed on-demand wherever you have an internet connection.
Yes – Recipes associated with each lesson, and course overviews are conveniently located within each lesson. You can also print out these materials if you wish to.
Yes – Most lessons have a recipe associated with it that is used to teach the lesson. The ingredient list of the recipe can be used as a shopping list for each lesson so you can practice what is being taught and even follow along and cook with the instructor.
Yes – Although we designed the course to be done in progression over the course of 52 weeks, you can skip and jump around as you like.
Top Chef University is an independent culinary program designed by professional chefs and taught by former contestants of the reality cooking show Top Chef. Its not officially accredited. 
Yes – Upon 100% completion of all lessons and tests, you will get a personal “Certificate of Completion” representing that you have successfully completed the program and are “Top Chef Certified.”

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What Our Students Are Saying

“I love the fact you can learn on your own time. And I have learned a lot. I am not interested in recipes, I want to learn the basics of good cooking. And that is what these courses are all about. I was going to enroll in a cooking course that was $700, and I am glad I didn’t. I pretty much get what I was looking for with these courses. I can’t ask questions, like I could in a in-person course, but for the price for the Top Chef course, it is worth it. ”
Maureen M, December 11, 2012. Verified Student.
“It’s is so much fun, my family can’t wait to see what I am making for dinner the only downside is that no one else will make dinner.”
Steph B, December 16, 2012. Verified Student.
“This is an awesome service. I was looking for a cooking class where I could learn everything from the basics to cooking & baking but all I could find were actual culinary schools. I don’t want to be a professional chef, I just want to be a fantastic home chef. Thank you for this service! It’s exactly what I was looking for!!!!”
Jodie P, March 2, 2013. Verified Student.
“I really enjoy the videos. I have barely scratched the surface, but am enjoying the classes. I would definitely recommend to friends.”
Joanne B., December 5, 2012. Verified Student.
“Love love the course with many great basic essential skills, tips, and techniques for a beginner. Easy to understand, follow and remember. Great schooling package, fun videos, and amazing savings on the price. It’s like reading a culinary textbook but without the boring readings. This is close to reality of an online course as good as it gets. Really enjoying this program, learning at least 10 min/day helps improve culinary knowledge.”
Lavendar M., March 10, 2016 . Verified Student.
“I’m only part way through the first course but already I love it! The lessons are the perfect length for a busy lifestyle and make it easy to achieve the ‘learn something new everyday’ goal. The program is easy to follow and reviewing particular points is as easy as a click of your mouse. The chef instructors are top notch and the short video method is perfect.”
Louise D., November 4, 2012. Verified Student.