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Culinary Arts

Alice's Philosophy of Food

Alice Waters

Lesson time 02:45 min

Meet Alice in her home kitchen as she introduces you to her philosophy of cooking. She’ll teach you how to cook deliciously, with spontaneity, and in harmony with nature.

Alice Waters
Teaches The Art of Home Cooking
In 16+ lessons, learn to cook beautiful, seasonal meals at home from the James Beard Award-winning founder of Chez Panisse.
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I believe that cooking is about using all of your senses. And you want to be able to smell the food and taste it, look at it, touch it, even listen to it. I want you to learn how to think about food and cooking and eating in a different way. Once you know how to discern for yourself, you will be freed from recipes and ingredients lists, and you will know how it feels to cook in this way, full of excitement, discovery, and even joy. This kind of cooking is more accessible than you really think. Because if you start with really good ingredients, you don't have to do much to them. It's believing that you can do this, and I think that I can really help you believe. I've wanted to do this Masterclass in my own kitchen, in my own house, so you could have a sense of how I live. I'm going to introduce you to my daughter, Fanny, who grew up in this kitchen and who is, herself, a wonderful cook. And I'm going to take you to Chez Panisse, to my backyard garden, to the farmer's market, and even the Edible Schoolyard Project. I believe if you begin cooking this way, that it will really change your life. It did mine. I'm Alice Waters, and this is my Masterclass.

Farm-to-table cooking

Alice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first-ever online cooking class, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I loved, loved, loved this class! My main interest was in getting Ramsay's class, but I'm so glad I have access to all of these classes. Alice Waters is the perfect feminine cuisine compliment to Ramsay's masculine cooking ambitions.

This class taught me so much more than I anticipated. I thought I would be saturated in techniques, rules, and instructions. But delightfully, the lessons were more about a way of life and experiencing food in a natural and healthy way. She literally would bring me to tears when talking about food and food experiences. This was an emotionally moving class. Thank you Alice.

I plan on going to farmer's markets this summer and experiment with fruits and vegetables.

More than the art of cooking, I felt like I was living with Alice in her kitchen, having tea and spending the afternoon talking and comparing recipes.


Maria A.

I loved each class! Alice changed my way of looking at my kitchen, my local market and my food. I would love more classes from her.

A fellow student

I am not able to view lesson 1. I did as directed by clicking on "Alice Waters" but it did not work.

A fellow student

I did not see this lesson I couldn’t get it to come on Your program went straight to the second lesson ???

Eric M.

Fantastic to hear Alice talk and cook from her lovely kitchen. She is a great cook and the purity of her approach is unique, watching this masterclass really has touched me because when i was watching it, I was reconnecting with my culture and background...hard to describe. Thank you Alice.


What a wonderful set of classes! Alice is so real and her advice about improving the way we buy, examine and use fresh produce (especially with touch) is inspiring. I love the idea the cooking should be a pleasure and not just considered work -that we need to bring pleasure and work back together.

A fellow student

Her message just reinforces my belief that food eaten locally and fresh is the best and to keep cooking simple!!

Lindsay W.

It feels like I am starting down a new path where Alice is the wind beneath my wings. I am so ready for this transformative, emotional class!


Alice’s philosophy of cooking resonated with me. Growing up with Italian parents these concepts are very familiar.


I'm a young chef that wants to explore my talents when it comes to cooking. Nonetheless, I want to learn the skills and ideology of cooking from Alice Waters where I can transfer these skills and apply it to my future career.

Ramona W.

I am so excited to jump into these lessons. Chef Alice seems so down to earth and I know I'll learn a lot from her and her experiences.