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What 10 Famous Chefs Learned From Their Moms in the Kitchen


The first culinary school lessons come from Mom

Some of life's first lessons come from Mom, even in the kitchen.

Long before most of us got our own homes and kitchens, we were cooking alongside our mothers — sitting on the counter, mixing together bowls of pancake batter, picking herbs apart with tiny fingers, and peeking into the oven to make sure the tops of our muffins didn’t burn. These moments aren’t just fond memories, they’re also integral lessons on how to cook and orchestrate oneself in the kitchen.

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Of course, professional chefs are no different. Before culinary school, apprenticeships, and building chops as a line cook, most every chef learned how to whip up simple (and complex) dishes from Mama.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we reached out to some of our favorite famous chefs to see how their mothers influenced their culinary career. The ways these mothers influenced their chef children are endless. Some inspired a love of sweets or impressed key organization skills. Others passed on secret family recipes that can heal and bond families together or taught simple lessons like “don’t cook barefoot.” For all of these chefs, the wisdom of Mom formed the foundation of their culinary expertise.


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Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.


The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up dinner preparations no end. Take a few moments out and learn how to slice like a pro with our how to chop an onion video below. We’ve also been discussing ways to keep the tears at bay apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while chopping will keep your eyes dry.

Once you’ve mastered chopping onions, it’s time to broaden your knife skills and get to grips with scoring, shearing, fine slicing and more. Our knife skills video demonstrates how to sharpen and handle a knife with confidence, while our guide to the anatomy of a knife will help you get the most from your blade.