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This is a review of the Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, and Sauces class from MasterClass!
Keller also teaches
- Cooking Techniques I: Vegetables, Pasta, and Egg – see my review of Keller’s first MasterClass!
- Cooking Techniques III: Seafood, Sous Vide, and Desserts
The MasterClass Instructor – Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller has returned for another fantastic MasterClass! This time, Thomas jumps right into teaching with a lesson on meat cuts and quality. He does open by thanking those who have watched his first class on Vegetables, Pasta, and Egg and taken the time to share their successes and struggles. And for those who have not seen his first class, he does advise viewers to take the class because he does reference some of the techniques from his previous class when working with certain meats.
For those who are not familiar with Thomas Keller, he is an American chef who has earned countless awards including The Culinary Institute of America’s Chef of the Year award and the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Restaurateur awards. He has also been named America’s best chef by Time magazine.
Thomas Keller’s name is synonymous with quality and high standards. The chef and proprietor of The French Laundry, in Napa Valley, and Per Se, in New York, among other restaurants, he is the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, as well as the first American male chef to be designated a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.
The goal of this class is to teach viewers about the techniques for cooking a wide variety of meats. Thomas Keller focuses on beef, duck, chicken, pork, and veal in this class. The techniques include a sauté, fried chicken, oven roasting, pan roasting, braising, and grilling. These in-depth lessons then lead nicely into a few lessons on stocks, broths, and sauces.
Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, and Sauces – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who is looking to improve their cooking skills with regards to meats, stocks, and sauces! Thomas Keller does a great job at breaking down each lesson. He provides explanations for all of his actions so viewers not only know how to perform these techniques, but know why each step is important. For those who are just beginning to cook and are looking for a few fundamental lessons on kitchen tools, essential ingredients, and how to pick seasonal ingredients then starting with Thomas Keller’s first MasterClass, Cooking Techniques I: Vegetables, Pasta, and Egg may be a good idea. But for those who have more experience and are specifically looking for a class on meats, stocks, and sauces this class jumps right into all of these techniques.
MasterClass Thomas Keller – Main Themes
MasterClass Workbook – Thomas Keller
The workbook is your key to practicing along with this class! It provides reviews of every lesson, all of the recipes, and methods demonstrated. Additionally, each recipe comes with a timeline for a quick overview of the methods for preparation. The workbook also provides opportunities for viewers to learn more by experimenting with different flavors, learning more about where your meat comes from, and how to incorporate these meals into your meal planning for the week.
MasterClass Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, and Sauces Key Takeaways
This class focuses on many different techniques for cooking a wide range of meats. This class has also incorporated lessons on how to prepare veal and light chicken stock and a variety of sauces. Thomas Keller has created a class that teaches viewers how to enrich their lives and their cooking techniques. His goal is to provide the tools so viewers can nourish themselves, their friends, and their family in a better way.
Be patient with your career, learn the skills you need to learn. And, then, be persistent. Don’t let anybody tell you you cannot do something.
Throughout the class, Thomas Keller does an excellent job of walking the viewers through his process so viewers can easily apply what they have learned to their own cooking. He encourages viewers to keep practicing, because he knows some of the techniques in the class take time to master. This class also encourages viewers to share their successes and struggles with the MasterClass community to generate inspiration and collaboration among the viewers.
Final Thoughts on Thomas Keller’s MasterClass
This was a very in-depth and informative class! Thomas Keller has created an inspiring class that really provides the foundations for working with all kinds of meat and how to prepare different stocks and sauces. If you are looking for a class that will help you strengthen your meat cooking techniques and inspire new dishes, this is the class for you!
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