Understanding The Five French Mother Sauces – A Brief Overview

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If you’re serious about taking your cooking to the next level, mastering the art of sauce making is a must.

In fact, one of the biggest divides between the amateur and professional chef comes from the latter’s ability to make a multitude of amazing sauces that can elevate a dish to the next level.

Anyone with a good probe thermometer and a little practice can pan roast or grill a steak mid-rare, but the accompanying sauce that transforms that steak into a high end entree seems like a daunting task to the uninitiated.

To learn sauces, you must first start at the beginning, and understand the framework laid out in western culinary schools today; The Five French Mother Sauces.

Admittedly, these five mother sauces and their derivatives are extremely old school, and their popularity has been in steady decline for a few decades. But this doesn’t mean they’re useless, or understanding them is a waster of time.

In the above video, I give you an overview of the Five French Mother Sauces. This video will serve as a jumping off point for the next lecture in this series; my technique based approach to sauce making that when combined with flavor structure, will allow you to make any sauce you could ever imagine.


  1. Bro, I hope you’re still making videos. You’re great man! Just discovered you and tried to subscribe to your podcast but no dice. Maybe try Facebook ads to get the word out but thanks for the solid content

  2. Thank you chef for the abundance of culinary arts knowledge ..im a new student in nyc attending a crash course this summer and so glad i found you when i was trying to understand the five “mother sauces,” thank u n heading to your website now.

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