Chef Daniel Boulud Tells Us the 5 Steps to Cooking Like a French Master

Let’s face it—most of us could stand to do a little better in the kitchen. Delivery apps and meal kits have made getting our three square meals easier, but better? Not so much. Fortunately, one legendary French chef and restaurateur is here to help.

Daniel Boulud has teamed up with Panna, the James Beard award-winning cooking app where some of the world’s best chefs host cooking classes, to bring his mastery of French cuisine into your kitchen.

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“We call it l’harmonie du goût,” says Boulud. “The best ingredients, simply prepared with good seasoning and a great balance of flavor.”

In his course, available here, the man behind New York’s Daniel and over a dozen other award-winning restaurants worldwide takes you step-by-step through 10 different recipes—from the classic French omelette to ratatouille—to teach you the time-tested techniques and essential ingredients that will get your stovetop game on point.

To prepare yourself for culinary enlightenment, Daniel gave us the five essential components of any meal, in a way only a French master could.


1. Le Matérial

“Buy quality equipment. Pots, pans, tools.” (May we suggest a few?)

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2. La Préparation

“Planning! Anticipate the making of a recipe: what you need to purchase, how much time you’ll need to make it.”

3. Le Marché

“Ingredients! Invest in the best ingredients: fresh, seasonal, local.”

4. Le Tour de Main

“The method. Understand the technique and the process of preparation, from quality of ingredients to mise en place, and seasoning. Panna helps guide you through that part.”

5. La Présentation

“Wow your guests with the perfect presentation; the look, the smell, the emotion of a simple dish, executed perfectly.”

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