Culinary Arts

Essential Philosophies

Thomas Keller

Lesson time 14:24 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.
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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.

Thomas Keller's Master class is my favorite of all of the Master Classes. He is a natural teacher. His lessons are clear, concise, thorough, and fun and his essential philosophies are inspiring. I came away with tremendous respect for Chef Keller and the fact that he obviously had put a great deal of effort into his class, was a real benefit to all of us. Thank you !

Wonderful. I wanted to learn the basics and this masterclass did it wonderfully. I really wanted to learn techniques so I can apply them to improve my fit diet. There is adaptation, experimentation and creativity to add to this so it's challenging but after Thomas' Masterclass I'm quite confident to do try and evolve.

the only class I really signed up for and the only chef that knows how to teach! bravo

This class was very helpful for me in improving my knowledge about the basic techniques to work in a kitchen. Thanks Chef.Keller for that beautiful stream of knowledge that you have passed on.


Sandy M.

It was spectacular. Reaffirmed for me that I need to continue and pursue my education even if it’s not in a formal culinary program. Thank you Chef Keller! I am at home cook, stay at home mom and ex attorney. I grew up in a very modest home with very limited resources. My parents always took in cousins to live with us to help make ends meet and to help their families. I never knew that we didn’t have a lot of money. My mother and grandmother nurtured us and instilled in me I love of cooking. My most wonderful memories were all of us crowded around a very little table elbow to elbow sitting down for a family meal every day. The food was always hot and delicious and as I grew up and married , I want to re-create that same feeling, that same fullness, that same generosity of putting a meal on the table to share. I have spent my life feeding people in my home. When my kids were off to college, I was 50 years old and looking for something meaningful to do. I turned to my passion of food and my other passion of children -combined the two and started a business. I started a cooking school for children trying to teach them about the world, people and cultures through food. I started La Petite Cuillère in San Francisco. I have never Been more proud of myself. It’s been 10 years now and I hope I have instilled the same love in every student that I have taught. I hope I have shown them the world and taught them that food is a unifier, the oldest of social gatherings and something they can do forever for themselves and for others. I have never been formally trained in the culinary world but the Master Class has helped me further my mission.

Sandy M.

It was very impactful.- very meaningful. It strengthened me in my goals and mission. Thank you!

Dianne P.

What an amazing opportunity to take this class with you Chef Keller. Thank you for taking the time to share your passion to nurture, with us. I have followed your career and fell in love with your food years ago in Yountville. How lucky we are that you found this venue to share your gift. Thank you, Lorri Purin Naples, FL

Susan R.

Thank you Chef Keller. It’s obvious that you are a truly generous person. I appreciate that you not only taught us practical skills but a philosophy about food and life that I wholeheartedly embrace. The course was exceptional.

Charles G.

What a gift to share this time in life with such a talented chef. Hope to cook with him someday soon. Not sure he will see this post but, still wanted these words expressed.

A fellow student

Thank you Chef Keller! I enjoyed your lessons very much, and I will review them in order to put them to practice. I look forward to your next class as well.

A fellow student

If we ran our countries how Chef Keller runs a kitchen we would be knocking it out of the park. The most beautiful lesson from this was not calling the dish washing area the pit and encouraging a respect for the whole team. Amen.

Rameen Z.

Thank you for this class. I have reservations at Per Se on 05.10.2019 with my wife and two friends. I am very curious to try your menu because I want to experience what it means to eat excellent food. The benefit of that, to me, is that any time you elevate your experience in life, whether thru cuisine, education or art, it makes you a better person who, hopefully, pays it forward. Thanks, Rameen

A fellow student

Wow! I have been so inspired by this course and Thomas Keller's teaching style. His information, delivery and attention to the details has empowered me as a personal chef and my passion for cooking. I felt that my learning was mostly in the area of refinement. From clearing out the clutter in my kitchen where I work, to taking care of my space and the tools, and tending to the craft of cooking with practice and patience - this all have help refine my style of cooking and elevate my involvement even more so. Truly, I look forward to the second course and continued practice.

Mary Jean L.

I have been cooking for over 40 years now. I am a home cook and have always enjoyed cooking, trying new recipes on my family, introducing them to new foods, but over the last number of years, I would say since my children moved out, I have become very bored with cooking. For a while, I ate out a lot or bought prepared food, both of which I grew very tired of. I could see that my spouse was hoping for those good old home cooked meals again. Watching Thomas Keller has inspired me to start cooking again, to improve my skills and to get back into what I had once enjoyed so much. Thank you Chef Keller.