“Best to start at the bottom and gradually climb up. It’s much more fun, too.” — Gordon Ramsay
Intro to Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass Review
What does Gordon Ramsay and cooking have to do with sports, life mastery, or a man’s search for greatness?
A lot, actually.
I typically love MasterClass.com because of the educational platform of our generation’s most successful athletes, chefs, physicists, writers, poets, comedians, negotiators, CEO’s, and more… talk about “how” they do what they do.
Yes, all you basketball lovers should check out the Steph Curry’s MasterClass.
The ingenuity, creativity, and passion of the people that teach the classes is sick and it allows MasterClass dive deep into the heads, minds, and souls of the best of the best.
So why Gordon Ramsay’s cooking class?
Well, because I suck at cooking and I wanted to learn the fundamentals of cooking better.
Now, as a bad, non-artistic, really limited chef (like cereal is my best creation), I realize the parallels with the mastery of cooking has/had with my 10,000 hours of fundamental work that I put into basketball (which helped me become a creative, MVP-winning pro point guard). So I decided to take his MasterClass to see what similarities there are between success, mastery, and greatness in sports and culinary arts — and to see, in the end, if I could make a delicious beef stroganoff.
At first glance, Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass seems a bit over the top. He is sweating and swearing into the camera. He speaks with tension. Teaches with passion. He is raw, just like his TV personality, which I always assumed was an act. It turns out, I was wrong. It’s just his passion for cooking coming out. He talks about celery root like it’s goddamn gold. This MasterClass review isn’t just about cooking, it’s also about why cooking relates to everything in life.
In the end, Ramsay displays his magical process and system for how he became great.
It inspired me to start doing the same as I realized the parallels between sport and cooking. Just do the work!
Just keep learning!
Just like sports, it’s a never-ending process!
A big takeaway from Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass for me that relates directly to sports is:
Talent isn’t enough
The system you create for yourself is one of the most essential strategies for success and mastery of your craft.
Passion isn’t enough.
Goals aren’t enough.
Talent isn’t enough.
I believe there is magic in copying and understanding what the best do to achieve mastery, whether it’s Kobe Bryant in basketball, or Kevin Hart in comedy, or Gordon Ramsay in cooking. Gordon Ramsay will show you his bad-ass process for mastering the arts of culinary wizardry, which again confirmed to me the path of mastery lives in the daily system you execute for your craft, passion, or profession.
Ship-shape, ladies and lads!
“To be so good, that people can’t ignore you.” some quote I just remembered…
The compounding effects of marginal gains and daily improvements come months to years later.
Back to Gordon — so, what do cooking and basketball have in common?
Well, a lot, actually.
Learning from Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClass
Gordon Ramsay has an unbelievable amount of cooking creativity that is built on a superior foundation of culinary fundamentals.
I’ll say that again: Mr. Ramsay has an unbelievable amount of cooking creativity because he built it on a superior foundation of culinary fundamentals.
This is a crucial takeaway for anyone searching for greatness or mastery of their craft.
Ramsay created, honed, and fine-tuned his culinary systems to eradicate inefficiencies in the kitchen to reach his goals of becoming a master chef. Gordon was relentless in acquiring knowledge in the culinary arts (I mean, like really, really ruthlessly relentless). His obsession and thirst for knowledge eventually turned to wisdom.
Gordon reminded me to be relentless in your pursuit of knowledge.
At the end of the day, your mastery is driven from a value-based approach (improving the value or skills of your craft, job, or passion daily). In basketball terms, if I wanted to create more value as a basketball shooter, I would start with a daily system to improve my shooting. This would be tracking my shooting routine, designing daily practices that require shooting game-type shots, reinforcing the fundamentals of great shooters, tweaking workouts, getting coaching feedback, and doing what the best did to create basketball shooting mastery.
Okay, no more basketball talk!
I give it a five out of five (yes, stars).
And I’ve taken a bunch of Masterclasses and wouldn’t say the same thing about all of them.
Well, this dude is one huge, bright, passionate, brutally honest, and captivating teacher. But he isn’t theoretical like most professors I’ve had. He is a man made in the kitchen. Gordon is a man of action. His restaurants in Chelsea cook for 100,000 people a year. No one fully understands what makes him tick, but you can see in real detail and real finesse, why he is so successful in this MasterClass.
Gordon says straight to your face (like you feel like you are in his kitchen with him), that he grabbed, stole perfected, and now shares everything he’s learned on his cooking journey… with you. You’ll see a side of Gordon that no one has ever seen on TV as he shares his life story, how he spent the last 30 years, starting at the bottom and working his way up from the back kitchens of England to three Star Mechlin restaurants in France.
One of my favorite parts of the MasterClass is when, at the end of the intro, Gordon scolds you in an almost culinary school sort-of-way,
“Watch fucking carefully.”
If you enjoyed this article, please let me remind you my research and writing is compensated with affiliate commissions from MasterClass — used as celery root money typically.