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Bonus Chapter: Kitchen Essentials

Wolfgang Puck

Lesson time 10:23 min

Wolfgang ends his MasterClass with a bonus lesson on his recommended kitchen tools and appliances. He’ll show you that with just a few key essentials, you’ll be ready to start cooking.

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If you want to have a good time in the kitchen, you need the right tools, you need the right appliances. And then, it's fun in the kitchen. So let me show you what I use in my kitchen. Now, you can go and have thousands of things in your kitchen, but nobody has the space. So I'm going to show you the kitchen essentials. So let's start with simple things, like you need some good cutting boards. I like wooden cutting boards the best. So, different sizes. I'm so used in the restaurant using big cutting boards. So you can get the size you like. Then, obviously, a good set of knives is important. So get them in a block so you can keep them on top of your counter. So that makes it really easy. You can see this is a chef's knife. Probably for a knife at home, this is big enough. But then you have all different sizes, like a paring knife, for example. You need a bread knife or a serrated knife, boning knife. You need a knife sharpener. Now, you can get any kind of knife sharpener, like this one is a professional one. You use it just like that. See? So if your knife is a little dull, use your sharpener. And I have one more here. All right. So a good set of knives is essential. Then, we need a meat fork maybe. I love to work with tongs. And here is a little hammer. What you want to do if you want to make a veal scallopini or a chicken scallopini or just flatten out some meat, a little hammer like that is really good. I use a spider very often because if I blanche something, if I boil something-- blanching means something boiling for a short time-- you can just take it out of the hot water. This, if you don't want to get your fingers all smelling like garlic, get a little garlic press. That helps you a lot if you love garlic. Now we need wooden spoons, all kinds of metal spoons, spatulas, little slicers, mandolines, graters. So you need quite a few things, but not too many, either. A whisk is really important, maybe two, a small one and a large one. A few kind of ladles, bigger ones, smaller ones. And when I cook in my kitchen, I always use soup spoons to taste, soup spoons to sauce something. So that's really an important part. Now, I love pepper. So I always use a pepper mill so I can put fresh ground pepper on everything. Don't buy the pepper which is already ground, get yourself a pepper mill, electric one, or you can get a regular wooden one. For salt, I use kosher salt or I use sea salt or fleur de sel. Depends for what. Kosher salt if I boil a lot in water, for example, and sea salt if I make a tomato salad or any kind of salad. I'll put a little fleur de sel on a steak at the end. It really makes it taste so much better. Now, especially if you're a baker, you need measuring cups. You need measuring spoons. That's really important. And a lot of recipes give ...

Become fearless in the kitchen

Legend has it Wolfgang Puck came up with his famous smoked salmon pizza when his restaurant ran out of bagels—and ended up changing the way America cooks. In his MasterClass, the five-time James Beard Award-winning chef behind more than 100 restaurants brings you into his kitchen. You’ll learn not only how to master starters, mains, sides, and cocktails, but also how to take risks to create memorable recipes of your own.


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

I have learned how to better flavor food. I've also improved what I've been cooking and it's more often that the texture is better too.

I love his accent, I wanted to eat/drink everything he made, mostly the cocktails, yum.

I'm planning to try new things even if I mess them up! I plan to make things from scratch more to include spices. This has been my favorite Master Class so far! Thank you Wolfgang Puck! You are an inspiration.

Oh yes I enjoyed it very much, I just need to start cooking, Love it!


Maria C.

Wow! This was my first lesson. Wolfgang Puck's legacy told in his own words kept my interest and now I'm excited to learn more and of course COOK! Thank you Wolfgang Puck for sharing your journey! I so enjoyed listening and learning from you.

A fellow student

Loved all the food and the best part are his stories and philosophies - on life, business, taking risks (biz and culinary!) - and cooks with the seasons - creatively!

A fellow student

I loved the class, one thinks you know enough, until you realise you don't know much. I am so excited now to go back and try practice what Wolfgang taught.

Kim H.

I have always loved cooking but never really found the time until now that I finally got to retire. I found Wolfgang to be very inspiring and easy to follow his lead. We have never eaten at Spagos, which now that we live in Las Vegas hopefully soon. I am going to make the fish very soon, once I find fresh fish here (Original from San Francisco fish is very fresh)

Bertha C.

I enjoyed his teaching style, I am vey impress with his achievements! Thank you for been so sincere and I am ready to prepare some of the dishes.

Denise C.

I felt really inspired by Wolfgang. He was engaging, inspiring and offered a lot of good ideas. His humble beginnings to success help me to see anything is possible.

Carmen N.

Amazing!!! What a wonderful experience to learn from Chef Wolfgang, his personality, his knowledge... it was a real pleasure to participate. Thank you!!!

Lauren S.

The class was very well presented. All of the elements and techniques were sequenced very well and easy to understand. This was very refreshing because he was totally hands-on and totally involved personally.


Such an inspiring class. Wolfgang imparts plenty of knowledge, technique and enthusiasm to someone who wants to better their cooking and hosting skills. I realise it's not just about cooking but much more. Bringing all elements together becomes an artistic endeavour, and that is very exciting to me. Thank you Chef!

Tayu V.

I loved the class! Wolfgang it's an amazing chef. Beatiful recipes, deliciuos cuisine and what a beautiful professional career!