MasterClass and José Andrés serve a flavorful conversation one dish at a time

José Andrés for MasterClass
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Many people turn to MasterClass to enhance their knowledge, expand their horizons, or otherwise learn something. In a new series, José Andrés goes beyond the recipes and cooking techniques to open the conversation to how food flavors history and culture.

As many chefs have said, food is the common connector. Even with language barriers, people from difficult cultures, generations, or backgrounds can find some commonality around the table.

Additionally, food tells a story. Grandma’s recipe is more than the perfect comfort food that feeds the body and soul. It gives a glimpse into family traditions and a taste of what life once was.

In José Andrés’ new MasterClass series, the celebrated chef and humanitarian wants viewers to understand that the true flavor is not just a perfect blend of ingredients. It is the how, what, and why that dish came to be.

Andrés has said many times, understanding what people eat gives a glimpse into who they are. He shared, “Food has an incredible way of bringing people together. That's why I'm always talking about building longer tables—because there is no better way to experience and celebrate our differences than by sharing a meal.”

While there will be plenty of cooking techniques and recipes woven into this MasterClass, it is more than just a series of how-tos. Whether or not the home cook can master the perfect pie or discover the best combination of herbs for a subtle flavor is not the goal. It is finding ways to relate to others.

This series allows the nine guests to not only share delicious food but also gives a glimpse into the meaning of the dish. Too often people become wrapped up the trend, captivating photo, or other quick glimpse into a concept that has shock and awe value. Hopefully, this MasterClass will have people watching, actually watching without distraction, to better appreciate the people who make that food transform from ingredients into a memorable dish.

Even though the differences are apparent, the shows do not intend to separate people or cause a greater divide. People can appreciate that each group has unique, valuable characteristics. When they can seen their own personal intricacies reflected in another, the barriers fade and the connection is created.

Given that MasterClass has a wide range of programming, this new series with Andrés could expand the brand’s classes into more interconnected skills courses. While many people look to enhance their personal goals, the company could borrow from the college humanities concept some might remember.

Yes, world events influence literature, art, and food. People can see it on a wall and taste it on the plate. It will never make the world’s problems disappear, but it could make people more open to trying to relate to one another.

More information José Andrés’ new MasterClass series can be found online. The classes are including in an annual membership.