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.

Thomas has a great way of framing his perspective. He has a subtle but great sense of humour that shines through and makes the classes most enjoyable.

This class was like a good book you can't put down!! The love of food and nurturing others is clearly apparent and compelling!! Thank you Chef Keller for your time and your willingness to share. I can't wait to continue to learn and practice, practice, practice! I hope to one day visit The French Laundry!

Thomas Keller is one outstanding teacher he really wants you to learn in his masterclass

many useful techniques which are taught clearly and succinctly here. also, highly inspirational for me!



I'm curious about the composite cutting board he has. That looked awesome, but I don't know where to get it!

Annika R.

I love listening to professionals talking about their knives. I've got a chef's knife which I regard as one of my best friends. This was like porn. Loved it.

Heike B.

As a relative novice in the kitchen, I found this lesson fabulous!! Some tools I already have and was happy to find out more about them, others were new to me like the Tamis ... and: while I have to save until I can invest in upgrading my knives, I will definitely add some Tweezers!!

A fellow student

Sorry, but Public Speaking 101: don’t say “umm”, and “uh” every 4 seconds. It’s called a word whisker and it’s extremely distracting.

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.