Culinary Arts


Thomas Keller

Lesson time 6:13 min

Eat up! Chef Keller concludes his MasterClass by showcasing techniques for slicing your desserts, and he offers some final words of advice.

Thomas Keller
Teaches Cooking Techniques III: Seafood, Sous Vide, and Desserts
Chef Thomas Keller’s third MasterClass is devoted to preparing seafood, sous vide cooking, and making classic desserts.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] - I don't know where to begin. Do I want eat my chocolate pot de creme, my apple pie, or my lemon tart? Why don't we just eat them all? I'm going to cut my lemon tart first. And I've got some hot water here, which really helps slice through the zabaione. Remember, there's that butter in there. Or we could just also use a blowtorch to heat up our knife. This works really well. Remember, once you make that first slice, you're going to have to clean your knife again, heat it up, and go one more time, so right in the center, straight down all the way through. Look at that. This gives you just a perfect slice. Look at that. Beautiful, beautiful. Hmm. I don't know if you can see that but just how lovely that and tender that zabaione is. Our apple pie-- want to use a serrated knife with our apple pie, because I want to kind of cut through the lattice, okay? We're just slicing through the lattice. And when I use a serrated knife, it's always like a saw, okay. There's just sawing back and forth. Once I get through, I can take the tip down to the bottom of the pie pan. I can feel it-- come up the side. And then just to make sure-- we got that all the way. But offset spatula for this one again. Look at that. Like, mom's apple pie. So some key things to remember just to summarize here-- pot de creme, important thing, cooking our custard 85 degrees Celsius. Take it off that back of that wooden spoon till it really coats the wooden spoon, aerating the chocolate to give it a little bit of aeration, make it a little bit lighter, those are some key elements for that. Our crust, our pine nut crust, making sure that we pulse our pine nuts but not too much so that the oil starts to come out of them and then add our dry ingredients and then continue to pulse that until it gets to kind of a sandy texture making sure that we push in that crust into the pie tin and the edges be similar, as you can see, to the bottom-- the thickness of that. That's really important Apple pie-- I think one of the key things here is working with cold, cold, cold, cold, cold ingredients. Your lard, your butter, your water, your vinegar should all be chilled and then working as quickly as you can, understanding that it's okay to leave little pea-sized pieces of that fat in there. And then one element that I wanted to bring up, which works in a lot of different pies, anything that you're going to have a lot of moisture in. It could be cherry. It could be apricot. It could be peach-- could be pear. Now, the addition of corn starch at the end is going to help set your filling, so when you cut it, it's a perfect texture. Here we are, our three beautiful desserts. Let me see if I can tell you which one I like the best. Uh. Mm. The intensity of that chocolate is fabulous. This is something my staff at Bouchon will tell you I order probably 75% of the time when I have dessert-- op. Mm. That delicate zabaione, which is so unique in a lemon tart...

Elevate your cooking

In his third MasterClass, Chef Thomas Keller focuses on preparing fresh seafood like lobster and salmon, making classic desserts such as apple pie and lemon tart, and showing how sous vide cooking can be done at home to enhance flavor and texture. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced cook, you’ll learn the techniques and principles that will give you the understanding and skills to get the most delicious results.


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

I have taken all three of Chef Keller's Master classes. His instruction itself is masterful and informative. He is very facilitative and articulate in his techniques and innovative approaches to his recipes. A pleasure to learn.

The Thomas Keller classes are excellent. I feel like there is a lot of value in what he teaches. Some of the other cuisine classes don't show you that much. His first class was the best, this class was the second best. It would be great if he did more.

Once again chef Keller gives excellent instructions and expert tips that are always coming in handy... thanks chef!

The best. Thomas Keller is a verb in our kitchen.


kris C.

There is no-one better to learn from than Thomas Keller. His approach to teaching comes from the most genuine love of the process as well as the product, but even more impressive is how he connects to the viewer. This stems from the stories and life experience that span over forty years. I have the ad-hoc cookbook. Hands down it has been my most useful tool in the kitchen, until now. My favorite part of the segments, is the active listening skills that one must employ. He accentuates with tone, caution and consistency to impress when, where, why - orderly and attention to the details that matter most. This collection of videos can be applied to almost any recipe. He has made complex technique approachable and you are eager to embrace the challenge. It is the physics of cookery. Thank you Chef Keller for opening up your love of food and memories to others. Bringing people together with food is a universal truth towards happiness, much in the same way music is. I have made several of the recipes, and will continue from working knowledge towards mastering.

Margaret E.

All the classes were informative and I appreciate all the helpful hints Thomas shared. I've tried most of these so far and my favorite is the baked shrimp. Easy, weeknight or special meal that looks and tastes a lot harder than it was to do. Would love to see more on sous vide and also appetizers. Thanks Chef Keller

Michael R.

I just cannot get enough of Chef Keller... Please, come back for more! I really enjoy watching all of the lessons and then going back to try out the recipes that are practical for me. On occasion I'm able to work on some more extravagant dishes and find so much pleasure with the process and learning. Two years ago I avoided the kitchen. After the culinary masterclasses I am confident and comfortable in the kitchen, and my family really looks forward to what is coming when I put on my apron! Thank you again, Chef Keller.


Really enjoyed all three of the Master Classes! It would be great to see Chef Keller do a class on appetizers.


One of the things I appreciate most about Chef Keller is the care he takes for us to understand what he's doing, why he's doing it, and the expected result. His love for cooking is noticeable in his effort to share his knowledge, techniques, and experience. It takes a true master to show such generosity of spirit. Thank you Chef Keller!