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  Knife Skills For The Perfect Chef  
As a chef, you need to be able to cut food properly. Knife skills can take a long time to master, though. If you have watched some of the chefs on television chop away at increasing speeds and marvelled over how to do this yourself, your first step is to go slow. One of the worst things you can do is to try to cut quickly in the wrong manner. The good news is that you can gain these knife skills in several ways.

One of the most important ways to learn knife skills is to take a class. The problem with trying to learn through reading is that you cannot see the actual movements. When you take a course, you are actually learning to cut with hands on practice. Your teacher can show you how to do it the proper way and correct small problems that may hold you back from having great skills. Since using a knife should be in very specific movements that are highly precise, learning from a professional is one of the best routes to take.

There are a variety of tutorial programs available online to help you, too. These programs are a fantastic way to sharpen your knife skills right from home. The key is to choose those programs that are designed by professionals and those that provide the top level of instruction to you. The best are videos or detailed screenshots that show you step by step what you need to do to cut into that pile of herbs or how to slice that turkey.

Knife skills include learning how to use a peeling knife, a paring knife and how to core foods. Learn how to use the back of a knife to puree garlic. Find out how to use a zigzag motion of a knife to slice across an onion for a fine dice. Perhaps the most impressive skill to learn is how to place your hands and the proper motion of chopping. You do it much the same, as you would cut a bagel, for example.

If you have yet to hone your knife skills, there is no better time to do so than right now. There are excellent programs available to aid you in the process. Once you do perfect those skills, each item you do cut will look and taste better for the new skills you have mastered.

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