In this Gordon Ramsay MasterClass review, we’ll see if his class on home cooking lives up to its promises and delivers a course worthy of your investment.
Gordon Ramsay, the energetic, boastful, and rough-around-the-edges chef, begins his MasterClass on Cooking (Part 1) with an elegant promise.
What you are going to see for the first time ever is real detail, real understanding, and finesse brought together from start to finish. You’ll see a side to me across this class that I don’t think has ever been shown before.
The gregarious world-renowned chef and television personality might not be your first idea of a MasterClass chef. However, after watching Ramsay’s class I’ve grown to respect his culinary talents as well as his love of sharing his craft.
In this MasterClass review, you’ll learn:
I set out to answer one question: Will Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass teach to to become a better cook at home?
I discovered that yes, you will be a better home cook, but only if you have some experience in the kitchen first (skip ahead to find out why).
The biggest downside of this MasterClass is you’ll have to frequently pause it to grab a snack — everything Ramsay cooks looks delicious.
Let’s dive deeper and unpack this MasterClass.
Quick Q and A
Yes. MasterClass charges a yearly subscription to access all of their courses. Jump to the pricing section to learn more.
The Gordon Ramsay MasterClass on Cooking (Part 1) is 3 hours and 53 minutes long and spans 20 video lessons.
Yes. If you cancel within 30 days of purchase, MasterClass will issue you a full refund.
Yes. Even better, a MasterClass membership gives you access to Ramsay’s Part 2 class on restaurant recipes.
About Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay is the British chef and television personality known for his work on MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares. He also owns the world-renowned Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London and has written various cookbooks.
He began cooking at the age of 16 after a knee injury prevented him from chasing after his football dreams. At 23 he moved to Paris to study cooking from the best, namely Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon. There, he spent 3 years honing his craft before eventually moving back to London and becoming the head chef of Aubergine.
Ramsay is a seven-star Michelin chef which means in total his restaurants have earned seven coveted stars across his career. For reference, this puts him in the top ten chefs alive today.
What does this MasterClass promise?
As a decent home cook myself, I had high hopes and expectations coming into this MasterClass. I knew there were areas in the kitchen where I need to improve and I really wanted to learn how to chop and slice like they do on T.V.
This sales page for this MasterClass promises one thing: you’re not just learning recipes, you’re learning how to take your cooking to the next level.
The “next level” they speak of is threefold:
- Learning kitchen setup and techniques
- Understanding ingredients
- Constructing unforgettable dishes
Ramsay is a seven-star Michelin chef. He’s known for his brash behavior in the kitchen. However, judging from the course trailer, this MasterClass seems to want to showcase another side of him. One that is generous to show the skills and knowledge he’s gathered over the past 30 years.
However, my first question before diving into the lessons was: who exactly is this class for? The Introduction lesson answered my question somewhat.
What you are going to see for the first time ever is real detail, real understanding, and finesse brought together from start to finish. Everything I’ve learned, understood, grabbed, stolen, perfected is laid bare across this MasterClass.
From what I could gather early on, MasterClass is making a big promise: We’ll teach you home cooking skills from a seven-star Michelin chef, but only if you have some experience beforehand.
As I’ll explain below, if you already don’t know how to cook, this MasterClass might not be beneficial for you. However, you will certainly find it inspiring.
So, did Ramsay live up to his promises? Did he meet my expectations? I’ll cover that at the end of the review (skip ahead if you want to find out). But first, let’s talk about what’s probably on your mind:
How much does Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass cost?
If you want to take Gordon Ramsay’s Masterclass, it’ll cost you $180 per year (or as Masterclass puts it: $15 per month paid annually). The price may seem steep, however, the $180 subscription gives you access to all of the MasterClass courses, including Ramsay’s other cooking course on restaurant recipes, as well as, other chef courses such as Massimo Bottura, Alice Waters, and Thomas Keller.
If you look at it, one MasterClass is someone’s entire body of professional work presented in well-organized and educational video content. In addition, one MasterClass subscription grants you access to over 80 of these courses.
Moreover, if it turns out the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass isn’t for you, chances are you’ll find other MasterClasses you will enjoy.
What is included in the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass?
Here’s a rundown of what you are getting with the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass.
|Runtime:||3 Hours 53 minutes|
|Reviews:||4.7 out of 5 ⭐️|
|Lessons:||20 video lessons|
|Materials:||1 class cookbook|
The runtime is just short of 4 hours, which is about average compared to other MasterClasses I’ve taken before. I preferred watching the course at 1.5x speed which means I finished the entire video course in about 2 and a half hours.
This MasterClass comes with only one form of supplemental material, a 44-page downloadable “cookbook” and workbook. All 6 recipes Ramsay cooks are listed in the PDF which means you won’t have to scramble for pen and paper while watching the lessons. The PDF also comes equipped with links to other helpful resources (such as this printable seafood guide), as well as, sections titled “Take if further” that offer valuable insights not covered in the video lessons.
Finally, like every MasterClass, this one comes with its own Community Forum where you can interact with fellow aspiring cooks. The Ramsay page is active with other passionate learners and home cooks and is a great resource to receive peer feedback on your cooking skills.
About the structure of the class
Gordon Ramsay’s Masterclass on cooking is divided up into 20 lessons with an average run time of approximately 11 minutes per lesson. However, the video playback buttons offer you the ability to watch the course at 1.5x and 2x speed.
- Gordon’s Journey: Learning from Masters
- Method: Kitchen Layout
- Mastering Ingredients: Vegetables & Herbs
- Make: Poached Egg & Mushrooms on Brioche
- Method: Knife Skills
- Make: Elevated Scrambled Eggs
- Method: Breaking Down a Whole Chicken
- Make: Chicken Supreme with Root Vegetables
- Mastering Ingredients: Fish & Shellfish
- Gordon’s Journey: Becoming a Master
- Method: Breaking Down a Whole Fish
- Make: Salmon with Shellfish Minestrone
- Method: Making Pasta Dough
- Method: Rolling Pasta Dough
- Make: Lobster Ravioli
- Mastering Ingredients: Beef, Lamb & Pork
- Make: Beef Wellington
- Advice for Life
The key thing to understand about this MasterClass is how it is organized. The MasterClass team smartly alternate the different focuses throughout the class. Ramsay focuses on three main subjects: Make, Method, and Mastering Ingredients.
- Poached eggs and mushrooms on brioche
- Elevated scrambled eggs
- Chicken supreme with root vegetables
- Salmon with shellfish minestrone
- Lobster ravioli
- Beef wellington
- Knife skills
- Breaking down a whole chicken
- Breaking down a whole fish
- Making pasta dough
- Rolling pasta dough
- Fish and shellfish
- Beef, lamb, and pork
Typically, I create an abbreviated lesson plan where I pick and choose the most critical lessons from the MasterClass. However, the way Ramsay’s class is organized makes it important for students to watch all the lessons in order. Each lesson builds off one another and the recipes become increasingly more technical and advanced.
I enjoyed how the lessons alternated so that you weren’t stuck with a series of recipes followed by a series of cooking methods. Instead, they provide enough variety to keep the class moving along.
Key Things I Learned
I always thought I was pretty decent at chopping vegetables. Turns out I’ve been doing it all wrong.
I learned a lot in Ramsay’s MasterClass, more than I expected. First, I learned how to properly grip a kitchen knife as well as how to place your free hand to control the vegetable you’re chopping. (Ramsay uses butternut squash as an example, one of the most awkward vegetables to dice).
Second, Ramsay provided a thorough cookware review of everything he considers essential to his kitchen.
Third, I learned how to use different herbs and what to look for in fresh ingredients. I even learned how to make pasta dough from scratch.
However, Ramsay taught me the importance of “knowing what works and knowing how to put food on a plate.” Even if you aren’t an aspiring chef, Ramsay wants to instill in his students a love of food. A love that requires our understanding of it.
To dive deeper, the next two sections cover what I specifically liked and disliked about Ramsay’s MasterClass.
Things I liked about the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass
Chicken is one of the world’s most popular ingredients. I eat it at least a few times a week as it’s a great source of protein and is low in fat. However, any time I go to the grocery store I always buy a chicken that’s been broken down for me. I’m terrified of whole chickens.
That all changed after Lesson 8.
Lesson 8, over the span of 9 minutes, confidently breaks down a whole chicken into 8 beautiful portions (breasts, drums, thighs, and wings). The last time I tried breaking down a whole chicken, I butchered it — and not in the good kind of way.
Breaking down a whole chicken is just one of many examples where Ramsay takes a “scary” cooking technique and makes it look simple. I know he’s had many more years of experience than me, but he presents these techniques in a way that anyone can learn from.
A few other notable mentions:
- Proper kitchen layout (even if you have a small kitchen)
- Understanding the importance of ingredient seasonality
- Making the perfect pan sauce (and perfecting the trick where the pan catches on fire!)
- Making pasta from scratch
Things I didn’t like about the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass
Do you use sea urchin tongues or grated white truffle in your scrambled eggs? No, me neither.
This is where I was most concerned about going into the MasterClass. How does a world-renown chef, like Ramsay, pare down recipes so they are accessible to most people? I’ve never eaten sea urchin tongue nor have I ever put them in my scrambled eggs, but according to Ramsay they “elevate the creaminess” of the eggs.
All 6 recipes covered in this MasterClass included an ingredient or a tool (like a pasta roller) that I either never carry in my kitchen or would have to make a trek to Whole Foods to find. Although I found the recipe demonstrations helpful, I’ll probably stick to simpler recipes.
Does the class keep its promises?
I want to say yes because I feel that this MasterClass has taken my cooking “to the next level.” However, this comes with a major caveat: I already have a lot of cooking experience and understand many of the basics and fundamentals not covered in this class.
I’ve been cooking for well over 10 years and could easily follow along.
If you are new to cooking, I’d say this class is probably too advanced. You’ll learn a lot and will have a benchmark to aspire towards, however, you might find the recipes unattainable at this stage of your cooking level.
Nevertheless, Ramsay is an inspiring chef so even if you don’t learn the basic necessary skills, you will certainly be inspired to get into the kitchen and learn more.
Is Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass worth the money?
Yes if you…
- Have cooking experience and would like to elevate your skills
- Are interested in learning a few “high end” recipes
- Want to study from one of the best chefs in the world
- Are a fan of Gordon Ramsay and want to see a different side of his personality
No if you…
- Are a complete beginner in the kitchen
- Don’t enjoy cooking
- Want to learn more basic cooking skills
In conclusion, I highly recommend the Gordon Ramsay MasterClass on home cooking only if you have some experience and understanding going into the class. If you are a complete beginner, I’d recommend finding resources elsewhere to begin your cooking journey.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the MasterClass and found Ramsay to be a surprisingly pleasant instructor. He even ends the class with a bit of life advice:
Finding your passion in life is the most important thing you can do. Stop worrying about a bonus and financial security. Find a passion because everything else falls into place once you’ve got that track set.
If you’re interested in learning more, here is a trailer to the class: