The year after high school I decided to not go to college and instead I did an internship program. The first place I worked was for a catering company because I have always loved cooking and was curious to find out if I wanted to parlay it into my chosen profession. It turns out I love cooking so much that I decided not to create a career around it. That may sound convoluted, but I knew that many people end up hating what they do after many years of doing it and I didn’t want that to happen with cooking. I just love it too much. So I chose to study costume design instead. The reason I mention all of this is because it was at the catering company where I learned my knife skills. The chef taught me the proper way to hold a knife and how to wield a fairly large blade. Of all the skills I acquired during my year off, this was by far the most useful.
For those of you who didn’t have the foresight to blow off college, work for free, and never learned how to use a knife, I have great news! Craftsy, my favorite online destination for all things knowledge has a free class on essential knife skills. I have watched the whole thing and was amazed by how comprehensive this class is! From learning basics to correctly cutting a pineapple, this class teaches you everything you could possibly want to learn about knife skills.
My favorite part, besides the sexy raspy voice of the chef, was his lessons on using a serrated knife. It turns out I never learned about how to to really utilize this important kitchen tool, but after watching Chef McDermott brandish his for cutting things like tomatoes, peppers, and butternut squash, I went out and purchased one for my very own. Now I can’t believe I went so long without one because it really is a wonderful kitchen utensil.
If you have never learned any essential knife skills then I highly recommend you take this free Essential Knife Skills class. I swear it really will change how you cook and you will really feel like a proper chef once you have acquired some basic knife skills.