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Professional Cook Certification

Course Overview

Rouxbe’s Professional Cook Certification is the world’s leading online certification course for aspiring cooks, culinary students, those already working in the food and culinary industry or for anyone who seeks an intensive immersion in culinary skill and knowledge development.

This course focuses on foundational and fundamental skills development and reinforcement; universal and widely adopted methods and techniques of cooking as well as recipes and activities that reinforce the same principles taught in professional culinary schools around the world. This comprehensive 200-hour course covers a full basic professional cooking school curriculum including, but not limited to: kitchen and food safety, knife skills, stocks, sauces, moist- and dry-heat cooking methods, seasoning, egg cookery, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, pasta, whole grains, legumes, basic breads and baking, salads and dressings, plating and presentation, and culinary nutrition.

The Professional Cook Certification course contains various types of learning activities, practice recipe exercises, flash cards and Rouxbe-graded competency assessments. While the course is designed to follow a structured learning sequence, this course can be used to complement and enhance any culinary training program or your existing professional development needs.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you'll be able to:
  • Understand basic food and kitchen safety and sanitation
  • Select, handle and maintain a knife and demonstrate knife cuts
  • Explain and demonstrate principles of egg cookery
  • Explain and demonstrate principles of salad production and vegetable cookery
  • Identify, describe and apply dry-heat cooking methods
  • Identify, describe and apply moist-heat cooking methods
  • Explain and demonstrate stock, short stock, and broth production
  • Prepare and present a variety of classic and contemporary sauces
  • Explain and demonstrate principles of meat, poultry and fish cookery
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of seasoning and flavoring
  • Explain and demonstrate principles of pasta, legume, rice, and grain cookery
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic bread, baking, and gluten functions
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of basic pastry and chocolate use
  • Explain and apply principles of plating
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of plant-based and dairy-free diets
  • Determine and evaluate basic nutrition in foods and specialty diets

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: Professional Cook Certification Overview

This unit provides an overview and orientation to this Professional Cook Certification Course. It sets expectations and provides instructions for how to use the course platform to progress through activities and assessments.

Lesson 1
Course Orientation

8 tasks | 1 hr 58 mins

Lesson 2
Getting Started: Kitchen Tools & Equipment

3 tasks | 17 mins

In this lesson, you will discover how to set up and organize a kitchen with the essential tools and equipment.

Lesson 3
Complementary Skills for Culinarians

6 tasks | 35 mins

This lesson provides basic and foundational culinary training - delivered online to complement your work in the industry. While Rouxbe primarily introduces and reinforces techniques and skills that will help you become a better, more skillful cook, there are also important complementary skills, such as communication and problem-solving skills, that are critical for success in the culinary arts industry.

Unit 2: Food & Kitchen Safety

Foodborne illness can be an issue both inside and outside of the home, regardless of how well we think we know our food supply chain. Symptoms can range from an upset stomach to nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. In this unit, you’ll learn techniques and habits to keep your loved ones happy and healthy.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 24 mins

Lesson 2
Introduction to Food Safety

4 tasks | 32 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of food safety.

Lesson 3
Handwashing

4 tasks | 27 mins

In this lesson, you’ll learn about when to wash your hands, and how to wash your hands properly.

Lesson 4
Buying & Storing Food

10 tasks | 1 hr 14 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the proper storage of food in the refrigerator and freezer, as well as dry storage. You’ll also learn about the order in which to put away groceries, how to separate food from chemicals and cleaners, and how to properly deal with leftovers.

Lesson 5
Preparing Food

5 tasks | 36 mins

In this lesson, you’ll learn about cross-contamination and how to avoid it. You’ll learn about the danger zone and the importance of controlling temperature when cooking, cooling and reheating food. You’ll also learn how to use a thermometer properly and when it’s appropriate to use one, and how to microwave food safely.

Lesson 6
Cleaning Up

3 tasks | 18 mins

In this lesson, you’ll learn the importance of keeping a clean kitchen, and when and how to clean it. You’ll learn the difference between cleaning and sanitizing, and how these concepts apply to food preparation surfaces like counters and cutting boards.

Lesson 7
Kitchen Safety Basics

3 tasks | 18 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to keep safe in the kitchen, what hazards may occur and how to apply simple first aid.

Lesson 8
Unit Review & Quiz Preparation

2 tasks | 40 mins

Unit 3: Knives, Knife Cuts & Knife Sharpening

This unit charts a path for you to become more comfortable and proficient with handling a knife. Since a knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, we offer guidance on how to select and care for your knives while giving you ample opportunity to practice your skills.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 28 mins

Lesson 2
Selecting a Knife Set

2 tasks | 23 mins

Learn what to look for when selecting the right knife for you and why it's important to use high-quality knives.

Lesson 3
Proper Knife Handling

4 tasks | 1 hr 25 mins

Tackle the techniques behind using most important knife in your kitchen: the chef's knife.

Lesson 4
How to Cut with a Chef’s Knife

5 tasks | 1 hr 55 mins

Tackle the techniques behind using most important knife in your kitchen: the chef's knife.

Lesson 5
Sharpening Your Knife

1 task | 25 mins

This lesson introduces you to sharpening knives with a whetstone.

Lesson 6
Unit Review

2 tasks | 55 mins

Unit 4: Salads & Dressings

Fresh and crisp salad greens are a healthy and refreshing part of a balanced diet. By using a variety of greens, salads will not only look visually stunning, but they will taste great.

In this unit, you will learn how to choose and identify an assortment of salad greens. You will learn how to clean and refresh greens and how to dry and store them. You will also learn how to properly dress and toss a salad and how to combine greens in order to compose different salads with a variety of vinaigrettes.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 23 mins

Lesson 2
Salad Greens | Selecting & Preparing

4 tasks | 1 hr 20 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to select and prepare different types of salad greens.

Lesson 3
Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette

5 tasks | 2 hrs 10 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make basic vinaigrettes

Lesson 4
Unit Review

2 tasks | 40 mins

Unit 5: Vegetables

In this unit, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of vegetable preparation. Focus is given to preserving vegetable pigments, blanching, par-boiling, steaming and roasting a variety of fresh vegetables.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 23 mins

Lesson 2
Preserving Vegetable Pigments

3 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

Learn how to preserve the pigments in vegetables and how vegetables can be a main course.

Lesson 3
Cooking Vegetables in Water

5 tasks | 2 hrs 10 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to cook vegetables in water while preserving their nutrients and color.

Lesson 4
Steaming Vegetables

6 tasks | 2 hrs 40 mins

In this lesson, you will steam and finish many sizes of vegetables.

Lesson 5
How to Roast Vegetables

6 tasks | 2 hrs 15 mins

This lesson introduces you to the fundamentals of roasting vegetables.

Lesson 6
How to Purée Vegetables

6 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

This lesson explains how to prepare, hold and serve puréed vegetables.

Lesson 7
Unit Review

2 tasks | 55 mins

Unit 6: Eggs

In this unit, you will learn about the anatomy of an egg, about the techniques of boiling, scrambling, frying, basting, and poaching, and you will learn the secrets of delicious fluffy omelets and frittatas.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Eggs | Anatomy, Boiling & Scrambling

3 tasks | 1 hr 10 mins

In this lesson, you will discover the anatomy of an egg, and how to boil and scramble.

Lesson 3
Eggs | Frying, Basting & Poaching

3 tasks | 1 hr 35 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the techniques of frying, basting and poaching eggs.

Lesson 4
How to Make an Omelet

3 tasks | 1 hr 10 mins

This lesson teaches you the essential skills to make a perfect, fluffy omelet.

Lesson 5
How to Make a Frittata

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

This lesson demonstrates the skills needed to make a frittata.

Lesson 6
How to Steam Eggs

2 tasks | 1 hr

This lesson teaches you the indispensable technique of steaming eggs.

Lesson 7
Unit Assessment Quiz

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 7: How to Make Stock

In this unit you will learn to prepare the most common types of stocks. Rouxbe will cover the preparation of dark stock, short stock, broths, chicken, veal, beef and vegetable stocks.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Make Stock | Fundamentals

3 tasks | 2 hrs 35 mins

You will learn the fundamentals of stock making from scratch in this lesson.

Lesson 3
How to Make Dark Stock

2 tasks | 1 hr

This lesson teaches you how to make dark, flavorful stock.

Lesson 4
How to Make Short Stock

2 tasks | 1 hr

This lesson builds upon the skills and techniques learned in the previous lessons on How to Make Stock Fundamentals and How to Make Dark Stock.

Lesson 5
How to Make Broth

2 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

This lesson builds upon the skills and techniques learned in the previous lessons on How to Make Stock Fundamentals and How to Make Dark Stock. Here you will learn the differences between a broth and a stock as they are often confused.

Lesson 6
How to Make Veal & Beef Stock

3 tasks | 1 hr 20 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the slight differences that you will need to apply to produce veal stock and/or beef stock – another important stock used by the professional chef.

Lesson 7
Plant-Based Stocks

3 tasks | 1 hr 47 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to create vegetable-based stocks from scratch. These stocks will be a staple for the soups and sauces that you will encounter in future lessons.

Lesson 8
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 8: How to Make Soup

In this unit, you will be introduced to the four basic soup bases in this unit- broth-based clear, stock-based clear, roux-based, and starch-based.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Make Broth-Based Clear Soup

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make broth-based clear soups from scratch. You will learn how to prepare the main ingredient and how to infuse the water with aromatics to give the soup a full-bodied flavor.

Lesson 3
How to Make Stock-Based Clear Soup

3 tasks | 2 hrs 50 mins

In this lesson, we will walk you through the process of making a stock-based clear soup. Just by following a few key steps, you’ll be able to create many tasty soups.

Lesson 4
How to Make Roux-Based Soup

2 tasks | 55 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the components of a roux-based soup, how to make a roux-based soup, and how to vary the texture once it is cooked.

Lesson 5
How to Make Starch-Based Thick Soup

3 tasks | 2 hrs

In this lesson, you will learn about starch-based thick soups and how to make them. You will also learn how to adjust their texture and how to finish and serve them.

Lesson 6
How to Make Consommé

5 tasks | 1 hr 25 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make consommé. You will learn about the components required, the purpose of a raft, and the key steps to making an infinite number of crystal clear and delicious liquids.

Lesson 7
Unit Review & Course Challenge Quiz

2 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

Unit 9: Course Challenge Quiz

This quiz will assess a student’s knowledge on all material covered up until this point in the course. Good luck.

Lesson 1
Course Challenge

3 tasks | 3 hrs 20 mins

Unit 10: Seasoning

This unit introduces the cook to the techniques of correct and balanced seasoning. Brining, salting, cooking with herbs and marinating will be the main focus as you learn to build deep, delicious flavor in your dishes.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Basic Seasoning

3 tasks | 1 hr 30 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the types of salt which are commonly used during the cooking process and how salt affects food. You will also learn how to season with salt and when to salt food during the cooking process, so you can bring out the best flavor in your food.

Lesson 3
How to Brine

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

This lesson will teach you how to brine all types of meat and fish.

Lesson 4
How to Use and Cook with Herbs

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about common types of culinary herbs, how to buy and store both fresh and dried herbs and how to prepare, use and cook with herbs.

Lesson 5
Marinades

2 tasks | 55 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to incorporate more flavor into food by marinating it. You will learn about the components of a marinade and what their functions are.

Lesson 6
Fats & Oils

3 tasks | 12 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the role of fats in a plant-based kitchen. You will learn about different types of fat, their role in recipes and how to limit or use them appropriately.

Lesson 7
Acids: Vinegars, Alcohol & Citrus

3 tasks | 22 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about different types of acids, their role in creating balanced flavor profiles and how to use them effectively.

Lesson 8
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 11: Dry-Heat Cooking Methods

This unit focuses on dry-heat cooking methods. It will introduce some foundational information on how to heat a pan so you can properly pan fry food. In this unit, you will learn the few key indicators to look for when pan-frying along with some simple yet effective cooking methods that will enable you to master the art of pan frying. This unit will introduce the concepts of sweating, sautéing, bread and battering and the stir-fry technique.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 30 mins

Lesson 2
How to Pan Fry

7 tasks | 2 hrs 45 mins

In this lesson, you will learn and practice the technique of pan frying and will learn how to perform the water test.

Lesson 3
Pan Tossing

3 tasks | 1 hr 10 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the motion of pan tossing and how to properly toss foods while cooking.

Lesson 4
How to Sweat Ingredients

4 tasks | 2 hrs 50 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the technique of sweating and how to make a basic tomato sauce.

Lesson 5
How to Sauté

4 tasks | 1 hr 55 mins

Learning how to sauté is an important task for any home cook or professional chef. It is one of the fastest and most common dry-heat cooking methods used to cook bite-sized pieces of food in a pan.

Lesson 6
Searing

2 tasks | 1 hr 35 mins

Searing is what gives many roasts, stews, braised dishes and even certain types of seafood that gorgeous, rich color and sweet flavor.

Lesson 7
How to Bread & Batter Foods

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to bread and batter foods prior to cooking them.

Lesson 8
How to Shallow Fry & Deep Fry

2 tasks | 1 hr

When properly cooked, fried foods are appreciated for having a wonderfully crunchy crust on the outside, while still being moist and tender on the inside.

Lesson 9
Introduction to Stir-Frying

1 task | 20 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of stir-frying with high heat and the many advantages of this extremely versatile cooking technique.

Lesson 10
How to Stir-Fry

2 tasks | 1 hr

In this lesson, you will learn about the five main components of a stir-fry, what velveting is, as well as learning a very common sequence used to properly and quickly stir-fry a dish over very high heat.

Lesson 11
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 12: Moist-Heat Cooking Methods

This unit focuses on moist-heat cooking methods. Using submersion methods, you will learn about and then practice braising, poaching, steaming, stewing and simmering. Moist methods provide a learning platform through which to create a variety of delicious dishes that all use the power of hot liquid or steam for their preparation.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Submersion Cooking Methods

4 tasks | 2 hrs 5 mins

In this lesson, you will be introduced to submersion methods of cooking.

Lesson 3
Combination Cooking Fundamentals

2 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the few key steps and fundamentals to combination cooking. Understanding these key basics will help you stew, braise or pot roast without the need for a recipe.

Lesson 4
Braising | Combination Cooking

3 tasks | 1 hr 50 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the technique of braising. You will also learn how to cook a braised dish, test it for doneness and how to finish the sauce prior to serving.

Lesson 5
Stewing | Combination Cooking

3 tasks | 1 hr 55 mins

You will learn how to cook a stew, test it for doneness and how to finish the sauce prior to serving in this lesson.

Lesson 6
Pot Roasting | Combination Cooking

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the technique of pot roasting. While pot roasting is similar to braising and stewing, there are just a few key differences that we will teach you.

Lesson 7
Steaming | Introduction

2 tasks | 17 mins

In this lesson, you will be introduced to steaming.

Lesson 8
Steaming | Basics

4 tasks | 1 hr 22 mins

In this lesson, you will now apply the basics of the steaming technique.

Lesson 9
Pressure Cooking

4 tasks | 28 mins

As you learn how pressure cookers truly cook foods, and more foods than you imagine, and how safe they are when properly used, it will open up a whole new range of cooking in your kitchen you did not think possible.

Lesson 10
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 13: Sauces

In this unit, you will learn how to create a classic roux, béchamel and veloute sauce. After learning these basic sauces, you will be able to expand the range of dishes that you can prepare. This unit will give you the opportunity to create delicious savory sauces such as classic tomato, pan sauces, butter based sauces and hollandaise.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Make Roux

2 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

In this lesson, you will learn what roux is. You will learn how to make a white, blond and brown roux and the differences between them.

Lesson 3
How to Make Béchamel Sauce

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about béchamel sauce, two different methods for making béchamel, how to infuse the sauce with various flavors and how to finish, store and reheat this extremely versatile sauce.

Lesson 4
How to Make Velouté Sauce

3 tasks | 1 hr 50 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about velouté sauce and the components used to make it.

Lesson 5
How to Make Tomato Sauce

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make tomato sauce using just a few quality ingredients.

Lesson 6
How to Make a Butter Sauce

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, we will show you how to prepare a basic beurre blanc. You will learn how to serve and hold beurre blanc and how to fix it if it happens to split.

Lesson 7
How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

2 tasks | 1 hr

In this lesson, you will learn about the main components of a hollandaise. You will learn how to make and season a hollandaise, how to hold it prior to serving and how to repair a split or broken sauce.

Lesson 8
How to Make Demi-Glace

7 tasks | 2 hrs 15 mins

In this lesson, you will learn what demi-glace is and how the making of demi has evolved over the years.

Lesson 9
How to Make Pan Sauce

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, we will show you how to properly develop sucs and how to utilize them to build delicious pan sauces.

Lesson 10
Plant-Based Sauces

4 tasks | 3 hrs 20 mins

This lesson highlights indispensable sauces for the plant-based kitchen: red sauce and white sauce, plus sauces influenced by global cuisines.

Lesson 11
Condiments & Quick Pickles

3 tasks | 1 hr 17 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make a variety of relishes, pickles, chutneys, salsas and other condiments to highlight your dishes and boost flavor in your meals.

Lesson 12
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 14: Rice & Grains

In this unit, you will learn about how to prepare rice by steaming and boiling and how to make a pilaf and a risotto. You will also be introduced to the concepts of cooking grains, and how to prepare polenta.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Rice Basics

3 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of cooking rice.

Lesson 3
Cooking Rice | Steaming & Boiling Methods

4 tasks | 1 hr 45 mins

In this lesson, you will learn to make plain and infused white rice, along with brown rice with a flavorful stock.

Lesson 4
Cooking Rice | Pilaf Method

3 tasks | 2 hrs

In this lesson, you will apply the pilaf method to cooking rice.

Lesson 5
The Risotto Method & Varying Risotto

4 tasks | 2 hrs 55 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to make a basic risotto from start to finish.

Lesson 6
How to Cook Grains

8 tasks | 2 hrs 35 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to shop for and cook whole grains.

Lesson 7
How to Make Polenta

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn just how easy it is to make this delicious and nutritious dish.

Lesson 9
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 15: Legumes

In this unit, you will learn how to buy and store dried beans. You will learn how to prepare them for cooking and the advantages of and the various methods in which to soak them. You will also learn how to properly cook and test beans for doneness.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Cook Dried Legumes

6 tasks | 4 hrs 10 mins

In this lesson you will begin to understand how to buy, store, soak, and prepare dried legumes.

Lesson 3
Unit Review

2 tasks | 40 mins

Unit 16: Pasta

The elastic properties of gluten enable pasta to be stretched and shaped into the many different shapes and sizes of pasta.

In this unit, you will learn about gluten, how extruded and laminated pasta are made, the differences between them and when you might choose one over the other. You will also learn how to cook extruded and laminated pasta to perfection, every time.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Select Pasta

3 tasks | 1 hr 36 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how extruded and laminated pasta are made, the differences between them and when you might choose one over the other. By understanding how pasta is made and knowing how to identify quality pasta, you are guaranteed to have the best pasta-eating experiences.

Lesson 3
How to Cook Pasta

5 tasks | 2 hrs 2 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the essential skills and techniques to properly cook pasta, how to cook dried and fresh pasta and how to test each type for doneness. You will also learn how to match different sauces to the type of pasta you are cooking.

Lesson 4
How to Make Fresh Pasta | Laminated Pasta

2 tasks | 1 hr 20 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the types of flour used to make pasta. You will learn how to make pasta dough by hand and by using a food processor. You will also learn how to knead the dough, roll it through a pasta machine and various ways to cut and shape it. Finally, you will learn how to vary the color of pasta dough, so you can add interesting flavor and color to your cooking.

Lesson 5
How to Make Fresh Laminated Pasta | Egg & Dairy Free

5 tasks | 5 hrs 40 mins

In this lesson, you will create handmade, eggless fresh pasta that will be the building block for multiple dishes, whether paired with a variety of sauces or tucked around stuffed pasta fillings.

Lesson 6
Other Global Noodles

3 tasks | 4 hrs 5 mins

This lesson will explore a few techniques and recipes for making fresh noodles from around the world, particularly spaetzel and udon.

Lesson 7
Gluten-Free Pastas

5 tasks | 1 hr 17 mins

This lesson will explore the varieties of gluten-free pastas on the market, highlighting flavor profiles of each, and ways to prepare them.

Lesson 8
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr

Unit 17: Meat

In this unit, you will learn how to identify the most popular premium cuts of steak that are on the market. You will also learn about the importance of marbling and how the type of aging impacts both the quality and cost of meat. You will also learn a few tips for how to choose the most appropriate steak to suit the type of meal you are making, and you will learn to prepare steaks for cooking and the best cooking techniques, including roasting prime rib.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How Heat Affects Protein

6 tasks | 57 mins

This lesson will provide you with an essential understanding of how to control the cooking of any protein using any heat source and any cooking technique.

Lesson 3
Beef | Premium Cuts of Steak

2 tasks | 25 mins

This lesson introduces you to the various cuts of steak and the importance of marbling.

Lesson 4
Prepping Premium Steaks for Cooking

2 tasks | 1 hr

In this lesson, you will learn how to prep, temper and season premium steaks prior to cooking.

Lesson 5
How to Cook Premium Steaks

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to cook premium steaks using two different methods: the flip-once method and the flip-often method.

Lesson 6
How to Roast Prime Rib

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to roast prime rib. You will learn how to select the best prime rib and how to properly prepare prime rib for roasting.

Lesson 7
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 15 mins

Unit 18: Poultry

In this unit, you will learn about the basic anatomy of poultry and the difference between white and dark meat. You will learn how to break down a chicken, and how to carve a whole bird it once it is cooked. You will learn how to perfectly roast a whole chicken and create delicious gravies and enhancements to go with it.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 23 mins

Lesson 2
Poultry Fundamentals

6 tasks | 3 hrs 10 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of poultry and how to break down a chicken.

Lesson 3
How to Roast a Whole Chicken

5 tasks | 2 hrs 40 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to roast and carve a whole chicken, and how to make a delicious gravy.

Lesson 4
Enhancing Basic Roast Chicken

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, we will show you how to add even more flavor and moisture to your chicken. We will also show you ways to achieve the ultimate crispy skin and how to use the pan juices to make a delicious sauce to serve with the chicken.

Lesson 5
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr

Unit 19: Fish

This unit introduces the cook to the fundamentals of proper buying, storing and cooking of a variety of fish. A focus is given to how to properly pan-fry fish.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 23 mins

Lesson 2
How to Buy & Store Fish

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, we will show you how to identify quality fish, and how to properly store, freeze and thaw fish, so you can enjoy one of the healthiest and most delicious foods.

Lesson 3
Cooking Fish Fundamentals

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the differences between lean and oily fish and how to prepare fish for cooking.

Lesson 4
How to Pan Fry Fish

3 tasks | 1 hr 35 mins

In this lesson, we’ll walk you through the process of pan frying thin or thick pieces of fish over low or high heat.

Lesson 5
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 20: Course Challenge Quiz 2

This quiz will assess a student’s knowledge on all material covered up until this point in the course. Good luck.

Lesson 1
Course Challenge

2 tasks | 1 hr 45 mins

Unit 21: Baking Basics & Breads

In this unit, you will learn about gluten, flour, yeast, water and salt and their functions in bread making. You will learn how to be able to correctly identify the anatomy of a grain. You will also learn about the necessary tools and stages required for making basic bread, how to shape and epi and how to make successful crepes.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Baking Basics

7 tasks | 1 hr 31 mins

This lesson will walk you through the basics of baking.

Lesson 3
Wheat & Gluten

5 tasks | 1 hr 11 mins

Wheat is one of the most common grains used in everyday foods. In this lesson, you get an inside look into gluten, the magical component in wheat that enables us to make so many wonderful products. You will learn what gluten is, where it comes from, and when gluten is and isn’t your friend.

Lesson 4
Quick Breads

6 tasks | 1 hr 42 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of quick breads – from common ingredients and types of leaveners to the proper mixing methods required in order to develop light and tender products.

Lesson 5
How to Make Bread | Basics

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about flour, yeast, water and salt and their functions in bread making.

Lesson 6
Stages of Bread Making

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will create your own bread from scratch.

Lesson 7
How to Shape an Epi

1 task | 10 mins

In this lesson, we are going to show you how to shape an épi.

Lesson 8
Unit Review

2 tasks | 50 mins

Unit 22: Pastry Basics

This unit focuses on a key introductory lessons in doughs, custards and souffles – all essential techniques that have virtually limitless applications and variations in the pastry kitchen.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
How to Make Pâte Brisée

8 tasks | 3 hrs 7 mins

In this lesson, we will focus on teaching you how to create pâte brisée, which is an all-purpose, basic pie dough.

Lesson 3
Pâte Sucrée

7 tasks | 3 hrs 7 mins

In this lesson you will learn about pâte sucrée, its characteristics and uses.

Lesson 4
How to Make Pâte à Choux

4 tasks | 47 mins

In this lesson, we will focus on Pâte à choux – also known as choux paste – a type of light and airy pastry that can be piped into various shapes and filled or topped with a variety of different ingredients

Lesson 5
How to Make Crêpes

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the basic equipment required for making crêpes and how to prepare, flavor and tweak a basic batter in order to create ultra-thin crêpes. You will learn the key steps for properly cooking crêpes and a variety of ways in which to fill, shape and serve them.

Lesson 6
Custards

8 tasks | 2 hrs 26 mins

In this lesson, we will review a wide range of custards, yet simplify how they are made by dividing them into two basic categories: stirred custards and baked custards.

Lesson 7
How to Make Soufflés

7 tasks | 1 hr 45 mins

In this lesson, you will learn what soufflés are and how they work. You will learn about the components involved and how easy it is to create a variety of sweet and savory soufflés to your tastes and menu.

Lesson 8
Unit Review

2 tasks | 1 hr 5 mins

Unit 23: Chocolate

In this unit, you will learn about the basics of chocolate. You will learn about the cacao tree and how cacao beans are processed, and you will learn the basics: cocoa powder, dutching and cocoa butter. You will learn how chocolate is processed into varieties of dark, milk and white chocolate, and you will prepare chocolate based recipes.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 25 mins

Lesson 2
Basics of Quality Chocolate

3 tasks | 1 hr 57 mins

In this lesson, you will learn about the cacao tree and how cocoa beans are manufactured, about cocoa powder, dutching and cocoa butter. You will learn how chocolate is processed into varieties of dark, milk and white chocolate.

Lesson 3
Unit Review

2 tasks | 40 mins

Unit 24: Plating

Excellent, consistent, and quick plating takes just a bit of forethought, practice and skill.

In this unit, you will identify the anatomy of a plate, look at plate design, know how to set up your workstation in order to efficiently plate, sauce and garnish and how to inspect a finished plate before serving it to a diner.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 27 mins

Lesson 2
The Basics of Plating

3 tasks | 1 hr 35 mins

In this lesson, we will share a few of the foundational guidelines that cooks use every day in professional kitchens.

Lesson 3
Unit Review

2 tasks | 40 mins

Unit 25: Nutrition In The Kitchen

This unit allows the cook to begin to build a nutritional foundation that will help shape decisions related to personal health and our food supply, and shed light on various dietary restrictions that could influence cooking.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 19 mins

Lesson 2
Basic Nutrition

4 tasks | 55 mins

This unit exposes the cook to the basics of the vital components of a human diet.

Lesson 3
Diets and Dietary Restrictions

4 tasks | 30 mins

In this lesson, you will gain insight into cooking for people with different dietary restrictions and ways of eating.

Lesson 4
Basics of Cooking for Health Support

3 tasks | 22 mins

This lesson details how cooking specific whole foods can benefit health conditions.

Lesson 5
Unit Review

2 tasks | 30 mins

Unit 26: Plant-Based Alternatives

This unit demonstrates methods for cooking high quality plant based dishes, which are increasingly important to know to meet consumer demand. It also provides instruction regarding to reduce sodium by using other flavor builders and cooking techniques.

Lesson 1
Unit Orientation

3 tasks | 24 mins

Lesson 2
Reducing Sodium

5 tasks | 1 hr 42 mins

This lesson explains why sodium may not be needed in certain culinary dishes, and suggests tips and tricks for avoiding and reducing salt.

Lesson 3
Basic Plant-Based Proteins

6 tasks | 3 hrs 55 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to work with plant-based protein products on the market, including tempeh and tofu. You will also learn about pre-prepared products available on the market.

Lesson 4
Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives

10 tasks | 4 hrs 50 mins

In this lesson, you will learn some key plant-based substitutions for dairy products, as well as techniques for how to use them. You'll also learn some basic recipes for creating staple dairy alternatives, so you'll be able to convert dairy-based recipes to plant-based recipes.

Lesson 5
Unit Review & Assessment

2 tasks | 45 mins

Unit 27: Course Review and Exam

Good luck! This course covered a very large amount of content, and this final is comprehensive and thus derives questions from all previous units in the course.

Go back and review previous practice quizzes (in lessons) and flash cards (in unit reviews) to sharpen your mind before you take the final exam.

Lesson 1
Map of Cooking Course Review

1 task | 2 hrs

Lesson 2
Course Review

2 tasks | 4 hrs 5 mins

The Food You'll Make

Below is a snapshot of real student photos from the course. Once you learn the foundational techniques of cooking, you too can begin to create an endless number of delicious dishes!
Seared Tuna Salad

Contemporary plating of seared ahi tuna with a salad composed of blueberries, snap peas, radishes, sorrel, arugula, and pine nuts. ... View More

by Debra A.
5
Chocolate Ganache Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Pictured is a raw, vegan, gluten free chocolate ganache torte. This decadent dessert is paired with a raspberry coulis and coconut m... View More

by Callan R.
5
Roasted Sweet Potato and Wilted Spinach

I chose this dish primarily because it fit the assignment, but also because it had beautiful contrasting color. It looks appetizing... View More

by Daniel P.
4
Task 172 - Black Box Assignment - Spinach and Potato Soup - Plated Dish

This is my Spinach and Potato Soup, garnished with Carrot and Potato dices, and Bacon. As per the Rouxbe Map of Cooking, this is ... View More

by Daniela W.
3
Berbere Chicken with Saffron Rice

This dish was actually pretty easy to sequence as the pilaf and greens required very little attention as they cooked. This allowed ... View More

by Daniel P.
3
Turkish Red Lentil Soup

I often cook this classic Turkish soup as the weather gets colder. It's filling because of the lentils and the roux the soup is thic... View More

by Olga.
3
Poached egg with tomato and bacon crumble

This is a recipe I learned from Raymond Blanc, the reason I cook this recipe very often is because it uses ingredients that I alway... View More

by Marco C.
3
Russian style Blini with Four Condiments

This is a very similar pancake to a Crepe but slightly thicker and airier due to the yeast that is used in the recipe. The ingredien... View More

by Alexander K.
2
by Elena M.
2
Final Omlets

As we have dairy considerations in this house and we eat my projects, they are presented on two different plates. One with cheese a... View More

by Greg F.
2
Cooking the omelet

I mixed salt and chives into the eggs (2 extra large eggs previously mixed with a fork for even color). Melted one tbsp of butter ov... View More

by Merve K.
2
Completed omelets

I made one omelet with chives and goat cheese, and one plain omelet. The one with chives I rolled out without adjusting the edges, a... View More

by Merve K.
2
Asian grilled chicken

The skin on chicken is marinated and then grilled, served on tomato rice with grilled spinach as a side. After learning the plating ... View More

by Maggie Z.
1
Black Box Process

As I have only one picture to display this picture shows all of the ingredients coming together in the final stage of the process, t... View More

by Will M.
1
Roast Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans

This dish uses roasted chicken breast for protein, mashed potatoes for the starch, and sautéed green beans for the vegetable. I att... View More

by Daniel P.
1
by Ahmed A.
1
by Marco C.
1
by Marco C.
1
by Marco C.
1
Berbere Fried Chicken and Saffron Rice with Collard Greens

The chicken is seasoned with berbere spices and shallow fried. I trimmed off the end so it gave it kind of a handle look showing ea... View More

by Daniel P.
1
Arugula salad with Beets, Goat cheese and Tangerine

For this salad I prepared the following ingredients: Arugula, boiled Beets, shaved matured Goat Cheese, segments of Tangerine free o... View More

by Alexander K.
1

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this course.

Students

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