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Kitchen Setup: Essential Tools

Thomas Keller

Lesson time 22:04 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.

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 am a chef who thinks I know everything (HAHAHAHAH). Keller's artichokes are amazing!

Your passion really translates and is very inspirational.

I don't relish cooking. When I heard about this MasterClass I was hoping to learn techniques that would inspire me to enjoy the process. This class satisfied my desire. Best advice given by Chef Keller was to practice. This made me want to try and if you at first don't succeed.....well try again. Thanks!

Perfect introduction. I loved Chef Keller's presence.


Marcel S.

Thanks for sharing your essential tools and also for pointing out that there are tools one doesn't need to buy because the basics work well enough if one practices. So what kind of Knife and Board can you recommend? I heard oftentimes that Japanese Knives are best?

Alexandra V.

Love the useless tool section, there should be more lessons like this - open and straightforward.

Daniel P.

The lesson was very informative about the tools to use in the kitchen and not to clutter your kitchen drawers with useless tools. Each tool has a name and a certain job, learning the names and using the names throughout the kitchen is one thing i need to get use to. Very helpful in knowing the tools that I am going to use.


Clear explanation and recommendations of essential and tools of refinement. Excellent presentation.


I found the lesson on basic tools an excellent review and learned more information of the types of knives.

A fellow student

I really enjoyed this! I have most of the knives he mentions (gifted to me by my mom when I moved out of my parents' house years ago), but I don't think I use them properly, so I will definitely be more conscious of which tools I use for what purpose.

Cornelia Berdina Elly B.

een heel fijne les .Zeker wat geleerd over gebruik of welk gebruik van de kitchentools .dank u wel

Dan A.

i loved this class Mr. Keller was very informative and very intertaining to watch he teaches from the very basic tools used to recipies that would seem hard but his teachings are very easy.

Michelle P.

Very informative lesson about the basic tools in the kitchen. Appreciate the time Mr. Keller goes through the functions of each tools.

Matt N.

One, item I didn't see but I feel like is essential for any kitchen is a roll of tape and marker to label and date your products for food safety purposes. In general you don't want to keep anything that isn't pickled for more than a week. Taping the outside of the container with the contents and date is really easy way to identify what's going on in your fridge and a rough guideline of when you should throw it out!