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This is a review of the Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking class from MasterClass!
The MasterClass Instructor – Wolfgang Puck
This class opens with a mouth watering montage of many of the amazing dishes viewers will get to see demonstrated in this class! Wolfgang Puck opens by talking about how his relationship with food really shaped his cooking. He grew up in a family where food was scarce, so his appreciation and love for food really stems from the understanding of how precious food really is.
For those who are not familiar with Wolfgang Puck, he is a prestigious chef known for his French, Asian-fusion and California-based cuisines. Three of his restaurants have been awarded a Michelin star, and one of these three has also been awarded a second star a year later.
Wolfgang Puck was born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria. His culinary training began at age 14 in the kitchen of an Austrian hotel. He then went to France, where he spent his early culinary years working in some of the most esteemed restaurants, including the Michelin starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence. Wolfgang left Europe at 24 years old and quickly gained the recognition of American diners and critics alike. Wolfgang opened his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982 in Los Angeles, California, where he focused on California-based cuisine.
In this class, Wolfgang Puck wants to share his experiences and inspire others to get into the kitchen and start cooking. He opens his class with two great foundational lessons where he talks about understanding your palate and how to use seasonings and oils to spice up any meal, along with a lesson on his essential cooking tools. The class then jumps right into an array of amazing recipes that teach a variety of techniques including Farro Salad with Roasted Carrots which focuses on how to use amazing ingredients from the farmer’s market and a restaurant level pepper steak with red wine sauce. He even has a lesson on great cocktails that are great to recreate when hosting a dinner party!
Cooking – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who wants to cook for their families or start their own restaurant. He invites anyone who takes pride in their cooking to show off their skills! Whether you are just looking to broaden your cooking skills or want to learn some fundamental skills so you can one day open your own restaurant, this class has something for you.
MasterClass Wolfgang Puck – Main Themes
- Find the best local ingredients
- Get creative
- Inspire others
- Get excited to show off your cooking!
MasterClass Workbook – Wolfgang Puck
The workbook for this class will be your guide to recreating these amazing recipes! The workbook is where you will find all of the recipes demonstrated in the class, along with a learn more and assignment section. The recipes include lists of ingredients, methods, and suggestions on how to plate the final product. The learn more section includes resources for cooking other types of meats or ingredients that will also complement the meal. Lastly, the assignments encourage viewers to make the recipe, but also to put their own spins on them and then share them with the MasterClass online community!
MasterClass Cooking Key Takeaways
Wolfgang Puck has created an excellent class that really provides some amazing insights to his own journey and his cooking philosophy. The recipes covered in this class range from a simpler fresh salad to entrees that he cooks in his own restaurants. Not only does Wolfgang share his tricks of the trade when making different meals, he shares his journey, business philosophy, and culinary philosophy. He really takes pride in using the best local ingredients from your own garden or the farmers market and then being able to season and cook them to bring out their fantastic flavor. This class really demonstrates how you can accomplish this at home!
I really want people to get inspired and get into the kitchen and start cooking. I want them to say, ‘I can do it. If Wolfgang can do it, I can do it.’ And I know everybody will be able to do it.
He really places the focus on seasoning and how to use a variety of spices, including being able to master the use of salt and pepper. One of the lessons that was so simple but also demonstrated Wolfgang’s view on the importance of understanding your palate, was the lesson that focused on his staple spices, seasonings, oils, and vinegars and how to use them. In this lesson he demonstrates how to season a pea soup, which by itself can be boring and bland, but with good seasoning can be something special.
Final Thoughts Wolfgang Puck’s MasterClass
This class was exciting and inspirational! Wolfgang Puck has created a class that really demonstrates his excitement for food, while also inspiring others to share their talents with family and friends. If you are looking for a class that provides great recipes, cooking insights, and inspires viewers to take pride in their cooking, this is the class for you!
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