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Essential Philosophies

Thomas Keller

Lesson time 14:35 min

Chef Keller leaves you with his personal philosophy about cooking and his thoughts on the importance of nurturing the people you love through food.

Thomas Keller
Teaches Cooking Techniques
Learn techniques for cooking vegetables and eggs and making pastas from scratch from the award-winning chef and proprietor of The French Laundry.

Fundamental techniques. Fantastic food.

Thomas Keller has won more Michelin stars than any chef in America. In his first online cooking class, the founder of The French Laundry and Per Se teaches you the underlying techniques of making great food so you can go beyond the cookbook. Learn how to confit vegetables, poach perfect eggs, make hand-shaped pasta, and bring Michelin star-quality meals to your kitchen.


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

I have had the privilege to attend Mr. Keller's master classes. The kindness, patience, attention to detail and so much love are truly remarkable!

I appreciate the hard work and the humility of chef Keller. I look at the finished product with respect and the thought process that went with it.

Apparently it's just a class about food, in the end you can see the human quality of the Chef, which becomes a class about your life to.

The Techniques alone will be of great value in improving my skills. Chef Kellers demonstrations are very easy to follow. This has been the best of the classes yet for me.


Diane M.

I loved this lesson! I especially liked Chef Keller's advice about organization and staying organized, yes I am a dork!

A fellow student

Chef Keller's passion is evident in these great classes. Acknowledging he would not have been as successful without many mentors, he paid a special tribute to his most important mentor - his first teacher - his Mom. A very touching segment that makes Chef Keller very relatable. No doubt, his humble beginning was the cornerstone of his great success! Deborah


A heartfelt message of thanks to Mr Keller. As a "beginner", it has been such a joy to watch, learn and try out the skills he taught in this MasterClass. The first hard-boiled and poached eggs I made were truly gratifying experiences. In addition to these, sharing his principles of success and essential philosophies made a big impact. For this reason, I want to send a big thank you to Mr Keller and MasterClass- cooking teaches us so much about life and how to live.

Cindy M.

I so enjoyed this entire master class with Thomas Keller. In a few words, it was life changing! Thank you!

A fellow student

Chef Keller's love and respect for food is both apparent and inspiring. From start to finish, this class was packed with valuable content. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!

Lina R.

Thoroughly enjoyed this series! Chef Keller shared and simplified his insights into the complex world of cooking real food and maximising the flavour of fresh ingredients.

A fellow student

Before beginning this class you were my favorite chef. The French Laundry was the greatest experience of my life, and Ad Hoc was remarkably exceptional, but I realized at the end of this class why that was so. You are not the best there ever was, but you were trained and mentored by the best there were.

Judith F.

Cooking is something I have loved to do for a very long time...this amazing MasterClass has not only refined my skill set, but brought my mind set up at least a level! Pickling our State Farmers Market goodies, and making gnocchi bi-weekly to serve and freeze! I've also upped my cookware game! Thank you Chef - you're an amazing teacher! Best!!

Alexander J.

If you think this is simply a cooking class, you will be missing half the lesson.

A fellow student

I would like to thank immensely the MasterClass for the opportunity to learn new cooking techniques with this inspiring chef. The way I cook will never be the same. After each class, I practiced what was taught. I was delighted to know that when you peel asparagus the flavor after cooking it is totally different than if you don't peel it. The meringue became a sensation at my home. Thank you very much Chef Keller. I will continue practicing.