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Lesson Overview

Excellent cooks can perform a variety of precise knife cuts quickly and efficiently. This is because they have perfected their knife skills by practicing over and over again. It is important to remember, however, that all successful chefs once started as novices – awkward at first – but with dete…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • slice and dice a variety of ingredients
  • understand that most fancy names for cutting are simply variations of slicing
  • understand how to vary your approach to processing different sizes of ingredients
  • stabilize ingredients and anchor your knife to increase knife safety

Course Syllabus

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1. How to Cut Using a Chef's Knife
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment
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3. Slicing and Dicing
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4. Slicing Safety
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5. Slicing Long, Flat Ingredients
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6. Slicing Round Ingredients
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7. Slicing Large-Shaped Ingredients
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8. Slicing Odd-Shaped Ingredients
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9. Slicing Bunched Ingredients
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10. Size of Knife Cuts
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11. Activity | Label Knife Cuts
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12. Practice Activities & Recipes
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13. Lesson Quiz
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Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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Default profile "I have always wanted to improve my knife skills to make cooking quicker and more enjoyable. What a wonderful complete lesson on knife skills. I feel inspired to go out and get a professional chefs knife." ★★★★★
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Default profile "Thank you for the chart about cutting sizes. This really helped my understanding." ★★★★★
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Default profile "Watching this lesson confirmed I am using the correct technique for most cuts. An explanation of the french terms was very helpful and I appreciated showing so many different sizes and shapes of vegetables. I would have liked more demonstrations with different kinds of herbs and herb leaves come in different sizes and technique for getting the leaves off the stem differ. I struggle when cooking with Thyme for example, as it takes me so long to get the leaves off the stem." ★★★★
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Default profile "The lesson was okay but it marked one question incorrectly - The question in error was actually marked as diced or #2 but when the quiz was graded the answer was switched to 3, or rolling, and marked incorrectly. :("
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Default profile "What a huge help to be able to use my chef knife with more accuracy and skill. I use to just wack away with any knife but now I find myself reaching for this knife to do most of my cutting now." ★★★★★
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Default profile "I learned a lot about how to cut ingredients and handling the knife." ★★★★★
Default profile "Nice examples and practice ideas" ★★★★★
Default profile "I have used the technique shown for dicing onion, I learned one new technique by keeping the stem intact." ★★★★★
Default profile "I enjoyed this lesson and learned a lot about specific types of cuts." ★★★★
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Default profile "I have learn many things as safety, and how I can cut my vegetables accurate." ★★★★★
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10 Videos | 13 Tasks
Task 1: How to Cut Using a Chef's Knife
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Slicing and Dicing
Task 4: Slicing Safety
Task 5: Slicing Long, Flat Ingredients
Task 6: Slicing Round Ingredients
Task 7: Slicing Large-Shaped Ingredients
Task 8: Slicing Odd-Shaped Ingredients

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