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Cookery has become the new rock n roll over the past couple of decades, with many of the top celebrity chefs acquiring the status of rock stars. One of the biggest of those stars is Gordon Ramsey. The Scottish chef with the recognisable English accent has been drafted in by Masterclass to teach one of their courses. You can learn to cook like a chef if you sign up for the Masterclass course taight by Ramsey. The Scot is not merely a chef, of course, but also an entrepreneur and media star. One of the catering industry’s top communicators, any course he teaches is sure to be engaging. Read on to find out more about what this particular Masterclass cookery course can teach you.
Anyone who has not heard of Gordon Ramsey must have been living a very sheltered life for the last two decades. Ramsey has established himself as one of Britain’s top chefs, and can probably lay a strong claim to being one of the best in the world. But he did not start out at the top of the profession. Let’s take a closer look at the career of this remarkable Scot.
Ramsey has always made no secret of the fact that he is very proud of his Scottish roots, and is a big fan of the famous Glasgow Rangers, as well as the Scotland national football team. But you wouldn’t think he was Scottish from the way he speaks. Although born in Johnstone, near Glasgow, in 1966, Ramsey was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, perhaps more famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, which was where his family moved to when he was five years of age.
Ramsey might have been a professional football player, as he had a trial with his favourite club, Rangers, when he was 15. The trial came to nothing, though, and Ramsey also endured a very bad knee injury, something which brought his soccer career to an end. The Scot has asserted that the pain and disappointment of this drove his resolve when it came to being a top chef later in life.
He certainly has excelled when it comes to the kitchen too. After studying and beginning his career in Warwickshire, Ramsey started working in London the late 1980s. He spent two years with the notoriously temperamental Marco Pierre White, and later with Albert Roux, at London restaurants. He also worked in France, first at a ski resort in the Alps. Later, he moved to Paris to work with Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon, both Michelin-starred chefs.
In 1993, Ramsey became a head chef, back in London at La Tante Claire in Chelsea. The restaurant was soon renamed The Aubergine, and it was where Ramsey won his first two Michelin stars. In 2001, he would become the first Scottish chef to hold three Michelin stars, after opening his own restaurant, called Restaurant Gordon Ramsey. He would go on the establish a kingdom of restaurants across the world in the following years.
That proved the springboard for a subsequent media career, with Ramsey becoming a fixture on TV screens in the 21st century. Shows like Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares have catapulted Ramsey to genuine media stardom, and made him probably the most recognisable chef in the UK. So what is in his Masterclass course? We’ll answer that question next.
The Masterclass course from Gordon Ramsey consists of 20 lessons, each of which is around 12 minutes long. Ramsey teaches the course using video content shot in his own kitchen. This content has all the high-quality production values that you would expect from Masterclass. When you enrol in the course, you are granted lifetime access to all the course materials, so you can enjoy these videos time and again.
Of course, cookery skills do require some practice, so you will need a kitchen and a full set of utensils. Sharp, high-quality knives in particular are something that anyone who is serious about cooking needs to have to hand. You need to be prepared to buy ingredients too, so there is a bit more of an outlay than there would be for many Masterclass courses in other areas.
The course promises to teach you the skills you need to “host the perfect dinner party”, so you can soon put your skills to practical use. There is also a second Gordon Ramsey course available, so once you have successfully finished this one, it is well worth investigating that too.
Learning from Gordon Ramsey at Masterclass will cost you £85 for one course, or you can enrol on it after you have signed up for the monthly Masterclass package deal at £14.17 a month (billed annually). But what do you actually get for that money?
The first few sessions are Ramsey introducing himself and his kitchen set-up. It is not until lesson four that you are actually dealing with food. From that point, you will learn about how to master herbs and vegetables, before learning how to poach and scramble eggs. You will also learn chef’s knife skills, something that is absolutely vital to preparing quality recipes.
After that, you learn how to prepare and cook chicken properly, how to bone and cook a whole fish, how to make Beef Wellington and how to prepare pasta dough, among other things. It certainly is pretty comprehensive when it comes to the basics of quality cooking.
As you might expect from Ramsey, there is quite a lot of swearing in front of the camera. If you are offended by lots of F words, then this might not be the course for you. But if you’re serious about learning from one of the masters of the kitchen then putting up with a bit of profanity is well worth it.
The Gordon Ramsey course is one of the better Masterclass courses that we have seen. This is because there is a strong practical element to it that can be missing from other, more esoteric examples of their courses. Ramsey is not only a natural in front of the camera, he is also a very fine teacher who has taught hundreds of other chefs how to be better cooks. That training experience really comes to the fore in this course – he has a clear empathy for his students that perfectly complements his clear passion for cooking fine food.
What you need to remember about course that teaches a practical skill like cookery is that you will not become an expert simply by watching Ramsey’s videos. You will need to practice the skills in your own kitchen. Just like Stephen Curry’s basketball course, this is not a course for people who simply want to sit back and absorb knowledge. You need to be fully committed to the practical aspects of the course to get the most out of it.
But we have to say that this course represents really good value for money. The focus might seem a little basic for some people – after all, why would you need to learn to poach eggs from a master like Ramsey? But learning how to cook basic dishes really well is what every single top chef did. Once you have mastered the basics, you have the fundamentals in place to tackle much more complex dishes.
So if you have dreams of becoming a Michelin starred chef yourself, or you simply want to impress your spouse with some hot kitchen skills, the Gordon Ramsey Masterclass is well worth signing up for.