Culinary Arts

Kitchen Setup: Essential Tools

Thomas Keller

Lesson time 22:05 min

Before you start cooking, learn which essential tools—from knives to whisks—you should always keep in the kitchen.

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.

Please have TO do series 2, lessons on protein, more fundamental techniques, and make us more professional!!! Great class!!

New techniques with vegetable preparations and just a new way of "approaching" food and its path to the plate. Confits and purees were new to me; the use of various oils and there specific "talents" was also a great lesson

This class has helped me create dishes at home that I have enjoyed at restaurants. I feel comfortable poaching eggs and blanching asperagus to name a few. I haven't tried making pasta yet, but I will try it. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from Thomas Keller. I will never forget the wonderful flavor of the salmon tartar in a cone at the French Laundry.

Nice work - simply explained such a calm and precise nature from Chef. So far so good!


Ramona W.

Currently I use Global knives. They are very light weight. I had Carpal Tunnel, which I have had surgery on both hands. I love the Thomas Keller brand knives and am saving up for them! They look light weight.

A fellow student

Found this lesson quite useful to get started. Though, I would have liked to get recommandations of certain knife brands, would that be possible please?

Paulína S.

I can't believe how stuffed my kitchen used to be :) the less i have the better i feel in it.. talking tools wise of course :D More food...more happiness :D

Mark B.

I don't care how many times he says umm; he's not an English instructor, he's a MASTER chef!!!

Mark B.

I love all the lessons BUT I am being denied the PDF downloads for some reason. Could you fix this for me please.

A fellow student

I know I'm guilty of having a bunch of gadgets but I needed this nudge from a professional to get rid of them.

Shirley S.

Great to know I have all the essential tools and most of the tools of refinement. Watching this inspires me to get rid of a lot of useless tools most of which I seldom if ever use.


Really enjoyed this lesson. 90% applicable, a few items beyond my grasp... for now. r

Don Z.

Good knives change everything. I went with Shun including the cutting board. Note: work on your knife skills before working with these.

Bobbe N.

Studio kitchen art with Thomas Keller. What could be more wonderful? Nothing.