Can I Improve Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington?


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I want my version to be foolproof. I want it to be easier to understand and I also want break down everything that’s happening deep inside. Let’s have a closer look at his recipe – the challenges that I see. english mustard mushrooms look, how wet they are The Beef Wellington is a fully enclosed dish which means that plenty of steam will be generated inside so if you don’t want to get a soggy pastry, you need to find ways around it. That’s the first challenge. twist it nice and tight I got no doubt that this guy is using homemade puff pastry and for a reason. Homemade puff pastry will bring this dish to the next level. This dish is not about beef only – it is about beef and pastry — this is the second challenge. he is an artist The third challenge is definitely to cook the meat right. When Gordon is baking the whole Beef Wellington he’s basically performing two actions at the same time – baking the puff but also cooking the meat to the right done-ness. And trust me this is not an easy part. You can’t touch it and you can’t see what’s happening inside. So yes – this is a complicated dish but NO it’s not impossible to make. Especially if we take it step-by-step. And the first step is to get the right meat. salud So at my butcher I bought a Chateaubriand which is the central part of a beef tenderloin. Mine weighs – I would say – about a kilo but the most important part is that it has a consistent thickness all the way through. I also asked my butcher to do two things for me – first off to get rid of the excess fat and then to teach me that butcher technique when you can tie a roast using only one piece of string. I, I think I got it. Okay, guys we got everything we need. Let’s head back to ‘Le Studio’. Right ! Let me show you how it works. So that beef fillet is going to stay in there for about 30 minutes – 1 hour. I’ll come back on this later, but for the moment let’s take a closer look at what makes a Beef Wellington. the very structure of that dish. At the very core – you have Beef. Then mustard – mushroom duxelle parma ham – crepe Puff pastry. Everything is gravitating around the fillet of beef. That’s why I call this dish the “Solar System of the Pate en Croute Galaxy” No no – it does make sense. I know it’s weird but it does make sense. Beef – there’s a lot of water there that is basically going to steam. And the layers around it – it could be ‘flavoring agent’ ‘water barrier’, or ‘absorbers’ or ‘texture bring-ers.’ Puff pastry – mainly here for the crispiness but that’s also going to create the barrier. The crepe an ‘asborber’. Parma ham – which is basically a flavor inducer. Mushroom duxelle – which is definitely bringing some bold beef matching flavors. But also bringing another problem it’s full of moisture. The mustard – another flavor bringer. And the beautiful, almighty super tender Beef. That’s basically it for the structure of this dish. so I suggest we get to work. Cause there’s plenty to do. Right – so a quick comment about searing the meat. I believe it’s important from a flavor point-of-view. From a texture point-of-view — it’s useless. The Beef Wellington needs a full enclosure there is plenty of steam inside and there is no way that anything is going to stay crispy — inside at least. now I’m going to sous-vide this fillet of beef for about 2.5 hours at 50 degrees Celsius that’s 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Let me compare Gordon’s meat with my own meat by doing a few drawings on the board. So on the vertical axis you’ve got the inner temperature of the meat — on the horizontal axis you’ve got the time passing by. Gordon starts with the meat at room temperature. He sears it and then later on he bakes it. Which slowly increases the inner temperature of the meat until Gordon decides that it’s perfectly done. Very much relying on Gordon’s skills. And it makes a lot of sense — this guy has cooked 100 Beef Wellington in the past so this is just fine for Gordon. now, My method is different. I sear a very cold meat – so the inside remains raw. Then, I cook it sous-vide at 50 Celsius or 122 Fahrenheit. Remember that with sous-vide there is no under or over cooking, whatsoever. I then quickly chill this perfectly cooked meat to fridge temperature. Now the most important difference with Gordon’s method is this diagonal line — the baking. You see, in Gordon’s method there is only one moment and one moment only – where meat and pastry are perfectly cooked at the same time. Since you can’t see the meat inside you need a lot of chef experience to guess that moment right. Now in my method I’m taking beef out of the equation during baking. The meat is already cooked and since it’s cold and protected with all these outer layers, baking it won’t cook it. It’s just going to warm it up. The only thing you need to focus on is baking the puff right. To the color you like. Since you can see it in the oven it’s an easy job. And I guess that’s the beauty of this method you don’t have to guess, you just know. From an amateur point-of-view, it’s such a relief. Especially since I’ve been working so hard and that piece of beef is so expensive. The fillet of beef has been cooking in for about 2.5 hours. It’s going to be beautiful — I can see that. So in the fridge overnigt. I should just get rid of all the little tasks starting with the Mushroom Duxelle. I mean, who am I to challenge the tradition, anyway? Duxelle has to be done by hand. Thyme, mushrooms, shallots garlic, salt and pepper. Now it’s time to try and remove the water from it. Sneaky cognac. I’m going to place this bowl in the fridge I’m not going to cover it because I want it to dry — that would be a terrible example ! Now that the mushroom duxelle is completed let’s tackle the crepe problem. Usually a French crepe is round because the crepe pan is round. Beef Wellington is basically a cylinder so if you were just to roll it [out] on table you would get a big fat rectangle. If I can make a big rectangular shaped crepe I won’t have to mess with the overlap. I can’t stand the overlap ! One…two…three Whoops…ten-four. And here’s how it looks five minutes later. Yes, might need a bit of cooking on this side, as well. I’m going to put it for 5 minutes in the oven. But overall, I call this success! Great, so all the minor tasks have been taken care of. Let’s tackle puff pastry. As I said earlier, it’s not complicated from a technique point-of-view, it’s just time consuming. So let’s get to it. Dough. Butter. First of all you start by making a sandwiched dough composed of two layers of ‘lean dough’ and one big greasy slab of butter. Then that sandwich is flattened and folded onto itself like a wallet. Then you chill that in the fridge for about 15 min. That whole folding / chilling operation needs to be repeated for six times. If you want to see a more detailed step-by-step decomposition of this process then please watch my croissant series. Just keep in mind we are not using milk — just water. Also, it’s not going to be sweet — but savory. Okay, so I’ve got to the thickness that I wanted I’m just going to place in the fridge until I need it. It’s going to be super crispy and light. As light as butter can be – I mean. And in the fridge it goes. The beef has been resting and
chilling in the fridge overnight. Fully cooked, but it’s now super cold, as well. I’m going to keep the juices for the sauce, of course. Then I’m going to start the wrapping. Obviously, I’m using Dijon mustard. Just because it’s a British inspired dish doesn’t mean I have to lose all identity here. Time now to wrap the whole thing in a crepe in a nice beautiful rectangular shaped crepe that I made in the oven. Viou! This goes in the fridge before the final wrapping. The only step left is to wrap the whole thing in puff pastry. I know this is not going to be very reassuring but if something went wrong at this moment, it’s too late. There’s not turning back so… Wish me luck. Wish. Me. Luck. Excited is an understatement, right there. I’m going to pour some of that sauce I made with the trimmings. If you want a recipe, I’ll share one with you in the comments. Ah – got the mushroom savory — saucy — beefy. It’s something I never experienced in my life. It’s so tender. It’s almost like you don’t need chewing. The mustard is definitely a nice little kick. I can’t feel the crepe. I know it’s there but I don’t feel it. After all this preparation –
after all this work. This part is so soothing. It’s so calm and quiet. Puff pastry plus mushroom duxelle. *Kiss* *Kiss* *Kiss* The beef alone is amazing and when you have it along with the wrapping with the puff with the mushroom then the crepe and the mustard and the sauce then I understand the Beef Wellington. Every little component is here to just compliment the others. I wish there was more puff. This is the ear of of the Beef Wellington. A bit like the ear you would find on a croissant. Cause there you’ve got way more puff, on this one. I’m still surprised. But that could have been expected since I made that puff pastry from scratch. A whole other level of tastiness. Crisp. Deliciousness. Probably my biggest take away on this dish the pasty is so underrated. This dish is the pastry. …and the Beef. Guys, I have a request for you. I really want to know what Gordon says about my meat. I saw his meat. So I think it’s only fair that he sees my meat. Unfortunately for me he did not respond to my tweet. I would love you guys to overflow any social account that Gordon Ramsay owns with a friendly, gentle invitation to watch my video and share his opinion with us. He is just like a culinary god. A bit angry from time-to-time. He’s probably like the ‘god of thunder’. Anyway. I hope you enjoyed this video. I hope you learned something about Beef Wellington. Most importantly how to make a great Beef Wellington every f*%! time. A more systematic approach to Beef Wellington. If you enjoyed this please give this video a big thumbs up – ‘Like’ It. and spread this everywhere. Spread it like butter. Share this with your friends. You know what you gotta do. Subscribe to the channel, of course! Bye Bye. Salud. A quick word about my sponsor for this video. In the past I used to be a coder. Which means that I built websites from scratch. Truth be told it wasn’t always super easy. I sound like an old dude. Today, I can use Squarespace to build my new website and focus on what really matters the most: making videos and trying to share something valuable with you guys. Instead of just… On Squarepacecom you can find so many templates. Modern – classic – contemporary there’s obviously one for any activity you can think of. You can also register a domain so that makes is basically the go-to platform when you want to build a website – like generally. So check out Squarespace.com for a FREE trial and when you’re ready to launch head over to to get 10% off your first purchase
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100 thoughts on “Can I Improve Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington?

  1. You should have sous vide, pat dry, then sear the beef using a blow torch or grilled. It would have had more flavour from the caramelization.

  2. All I can say is wow. Beautifully done Chef. I mean wow. And because of your instruction I feel I can actually do this! If only I was 50 years younger and French lol.

  3. Alex, I think you have way too much I influence on my cooking, man. I'm just a home cook Nd now I'm thinking about purchasing my own sous vide. Hahaha. you rock.

  4. man how many weeks does it took to cook your beef wellington, for me it looks like a mont or maybe more….

  5. Alex, I have used Gordon's B. Wellington video as a primer on how to make a proper Wellington. The issues I always run into is that the beef is stone cold in the center. In your vert. and horz. chart you did not include the fact that Gordo chills his beef after wrapping with parma, ham 5:01. That being said, I thought you had the problem solved with the Sous Vide, but then you chilled your beef? I think If I go straight from the Sous Vide to baking it would be served warm enough to accommodate a wider range of guests outside of rare.

  6. Love the passion…I thought you might cry on first taste! I'm going to do your recipe and make my Girlfriend love me forever!

  7. When alex said "Let me compare gordons meat with my own meat" i was thinking about a different kind of meat

    The dick…

  8. Monsier Alex, did Gordon Ramsay ever reply? I'm curious what he thinks of your dish. I've always wanted to make a Beef Wellington from scratch, seems like the perfect indulgence dish. Salut!

  9. Well done Alex! The sous vide – I'm not sure I'm ready to do that because the plastic bag gives me the weirds a bit. But what you said about the skill level to make this properly while baking everything is right on point. Gordon makes everything look easy. Reminds me of your videos about Jacques Pepin's omelette technique. Sometimes it really takes master level skills.

  10. You’re way overthinking it. Sear it just above rare so that when you bake it, it will get to medium rare by the time the pastry is cooked.

  11. I rarely turn on the notification for someone I subscribed. But when I do, its definetely for someone who rectify Gordons recepi. It looks exceedingly delicious!

  12. I like the fact the people there can cycle to go anywhere..i my country, the weather is so hot, only those who are poor enough will use bicycle to go anywhere..

  13. Beef Wellington is one of the biggest crimes British food has created. It's a monstrosity. Take amazing ingredients and make something that is incredibly difficult to cook and tastes average. At best.

  14. Guga le met au barbeuk pour le grille, ca doit etre pas mal pour que le jus ne detruise pas la croute (comme mamie…)

  15. I'm so sorry your meat came out raw and the pastry undercooked. But it's always nice to watch your videos. Good luck for the next time!

  16. I love Gordon Ramsey…made a trip to Las Vegas to have beef Wellington in his restaurant. I know another chef cooked it but the culi art highlight of my trip was the buffet not the beef Wellington.

  17. Bravo, Youtube me donne ton video comme recommendation et j'ai aucun regret.

    J'espaire que Gordon te donne un reponse bientot.

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