What is America's Test Kitchen Cooking School?

Our Cooking School is designed to help the home cook hone their skills in the kitchen. Our curriculum is designed to help cooks of all levels master a variety of cooking techniques from anywhere, at any time. Our interactive online cooking tools help teach cooking concepts and test students' understanding of these concepts. If you want to learn more about the Online Cooking School click here to watch our About the School Video.

What’s the difference between an Instructor-Led membership and a Self-Guided membership?

A Self-Guided membership gives you access to our entire catalog of Cooking Basics, Technique Lessons, Recipe Lessons, and In-Depth Courses. This membership has unlimited access to all lesson content with the exception of the instructor feedback.

An Instructor-Led membership also gives access to the same full catalog of content as our self guided membership; however, you’ll also benefit from access to our test kitchen instructors, who can provide you with personalized learning plans, answer your questions, guide you through material, and give feedback on your assignments.

I forgot my password. How do I retrieve it?

There’s a link on our login page that will help you reset your password. Just choose "log in" from the top menu, click the "forgot password" button, and follow the instructions. Or you can click here!

How can I contact you?

You can contact us by phone: 855-449-0440 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. EST.

Or you can contact us by email by clicking here!

To contact us by mail, send your letter to:

        America's Test Kitchen Cooking School
        17 Station Street
        Brookline, MA 02445

How long does it take to complete a course?

Our courses and lessons vary in duration. You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like with a course. With our unique membership model you can study on your own time and at your own pace!

What are Cooking Basics?

Cooking Basics help students gain confidence in the kitchen and achieve greater success with recipes by reviewing topics like food safety, stocking your pantry, and how to measure ingredients.

What are Technique Lessons?

Technique Lessons, like Mexican Classics, Hearty Grains, and Best Chicken Soups are single-subject lessons that offer a focused experience for a student with a specific passion or interest. Students spend anywhere from four to five hours on each section of the lesson, including cooking time.

What are Recipe Lessons?

Recipe Lessons explain how the recipe works, warn you about potential missteps, and show you the entire process—from the first prep step to serving. Depending on the lesson you choose, recipes can take anywhere from 30 minutes to five hours to prepare and cook from start to finish.

What are In-depth Courses?

For those ready to make a more significant commitment to their culinary education, our In-Depth Courses are based on the professional classes offered to students at culinary schools. These courses will take your skills to the next level by teaching you to master the fundamental techniques that will help you enjoy a lifetime of good cooking.

Do I have to be online at certain times each week?

You can log in at any time, day or night, and take your course. You don’t need to be online every week at a certain time!

What will you do with my e-mail address?

Your e-mail address is your key to the online school and is used to help us know who you are. We will use it to communicate any announcements. You will also receive Notes from the Test Kitchen, our free weekly cooking newsletter, along with notification of special offers from America's Test Kitchen.

What is it like to take an online course or lesson?

Watch our Video Tour for a full overview of how studying online works.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

There is no limit to the number of courses or lessons that a student can take at one time.

Can I study from outside the United States?

You can study from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and internet access.

What is the cost of a Cooking School membership?

If you start the process of signing up for a 14-day free trial membership, you will be able to select from one of two membership options:

  • $19.95 Monthly Membership WITHOUT Instructor Access – Our Self-Guided membership offers access to the entire catalog of Cooking Basics, Technique Lessons, Recipe Lessons, and In-Depth Courses.
  • $39.95 Monthly Membership WITH Instructor Access – Our Instructor-Led membership offers access to the full catalog of Cooking Basics, Technique Lessons, Recipe Lessons, and In-Depth Courses, as well as access to our world-renowned test kitchen instructors who are available to create personalized lesson plans, answer your questions, guide you through the material, and provide feedback on your assignments.

How long will I have access to the courses and lessons?

As long as your Cooking School membership is paid and up-to-date, you will continue to have access to the course content and discussions until you cancel your membership.

How long do I have access to the course instructor?

As long as you maintain your cooking school Instructor-Led membership, you will continue to have access to your instructor, unless you downgrade or cancel your membership.

Can I begin a membership at any time?

Our 14-Day Free Trial will always be available and you will get immediate access to the courses and lessons. If you choose an Instructor-Led membership, you can communicate with your instructor right away.

How do I purchase a cooking school membership?

Click here to go to the membership sign-up page.

Can I sample a course or lesson before deciding to purchase a membership?

If you ever want to check out a course before signing up you can start a 14-Day Free Trial. Click here to sign up today and get access to our entire catalog of courses immediately.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Can I buy a membership for someone else?

You can give a gift in two ways: you can sign up for a monthly membership using the email address of the gift recipient and your own credit card. The membership will automatically renew each month using your billing information after the 14-day free trial expires. You can also send the recipient information about the Cooking School along with a pre-paid gift credit card. The school accepts payment from Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Keep in mind that the postal code and address of the credit card entered must match the postal code and address on record with the card issuing bank. The email address and name on the membership can be the recipient’s, but the address and postal code must be the card holder’s.

How do I change my password?

Once you have logged in, click the link for My Account at the top of the page. My Account will allow you to manage your profile, password, billing information, and membership plan. Go to the e-mail and password section, and enter a new password. If you forgot your password, there’s a link on our log-in page that will help you reset your password. Just choose "log in" from the top menu, click the "forgot password" button, and follow the instructions. Or you can click here!

What is your membership cancellation policy?

You can cancel, upgrade, or downgrade your paid membership at any time. To cancel your membership, simply log in, click on the My Account link on the top of the screen, and select Manage Membership. From there you can choose to change or cancel your membership. As all memberships are paid at the beginning of the month you will continue to have access to the school until the last day of the calendar month of cancellation. We do not offer prorated refunds. If you’re still having trouble you can always call us at 855-449-0440 from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

What are the payment and billing cycles?

Payments are prorated for the first month of your membership following your 14-day free trial. For example, if your 14-day free trial begins January 2, then your credit card will be charged for the first time on January 16. On February 1 you will see your first monthly charge.

Can I upgrade my plan from Self-Guided to Instructor-Led access?

You can always upgrade or downgrade your membership access at any time! Simply log in, click on the My Account link on the top of the screen, and select Manage Membership. Your current plan will be highlighted. From there select your option. Your account will be upgraded immediately, and you can start communicating with your instructor right away.

How soon will I get access to my courses and lessons?

You can begin taking the courses as soon as you complete the membership enrollment process and start your 14-Day Free Trial.

Do I receive a grade in my course?

We don’t currently offer grades for the courses. You will receive thorough feedback from your instructor if you choose that option and he or she will work to help you improve your craft in the kitchen. The Online Cooking School also has content quizzes after most lessons which is a great way to gauge your own progress!

Are there prerequisites for the courses or lessons?

There are no prerequisites for the courses.

Do I need specialized kitchen equipment to take the courses and lessons?

Most courses and lessons do not require specialized kitchen equipment. Each course clearly outlines the tools and equipment that you will need. All students have access to our in-depth resource library, which features many of our product and ingredient reviews.

Do I need any books for the courses?

There are no book requirements for taking the courses.

Can I take the courses and lessons on my iPad or tablet?

The Online Cooking School has been built to work on iPad and Tablet devices. Please note that formatting may differ on some non-Apple tablets.

Tech requirements

Internet Connection

All courses offer a range of multimedia features, and we recommend that students have a good broadband Internet connection in order to get the best experience from each course.

Supported browsers:

PC system requirements:

  • Windows XP, Vista, or 7
  • 1GB of RAM or more
  • Color monitor with at least 800x600 screen resolution, 1024x768 recommended
  • Windows sound card
  • Speakers or headphones

Macintosh system requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.5 and above
  • Intel Mac
  • 1GB of RAM or more
  • Color monitor with at least 800x600 screen resolution, 1024x768 recommended
  • Speakers or headphones