Lessons > Selecting a Knife Set

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Lesson Overview

The first and most important step in becoming a good cook is to have a good set of knives and just a few are enough to get any new cook started on a successful culinary path.

The function of your knives is to get your hands started – to train them to prep and move ingredients effectively from the cutting board into your pots and pans and finally on to the dinner plate.

In this lesson, you will learn what is included in a basic knife set. You will also learn about four styles of chef’s knives and how to determine which chef’s knife is right for you because out of all of these knives, the chef’s knife will be your most used tool in the kitchen.

Even though the market is filled with various styles of knives, it all comes down to finding a chef’s knife that fits your own hand – for it will be THAT knife that will take your cooking to much higher levels.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • describe the components of a basic knife set
  • list the parts of a chef’s knife
  • describe the characteristics of the European, Japanese, Granton, Santoku and Nakiri chef’s knives
  • learn what to look for when buying a chef’s knife

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: Selecting a Kitchen Knife Set 5 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Selecting a Basic Knife Set 2 mins
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4. European Chef's Knife & Anatomy 3 mins
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5. Label the Parts of a Chef's Knife 5 mins
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6. Asian-Style Chef's Knives 2 mins
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7. Which Knife is Best for You? 2 mins
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8. Lesson Quiz 10 mins
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Finish Line 31 mins Total Time

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What People Are Saying

Αντώνης Α "Easy, simple and quick lesson!" Αντώνης Α. ★★★★★
Katherine H "This lesson was very helpful. I'm glad to know what to look for when I shop for new knives, which I desperately need!" Katherine H. ★★★★
Elle R "I am loving the new upgraded format for the lessons. The sections are bite sized and explained well, much like the Rouxbe courses." Elle R. ★★★★★
Rechon B "Very informative and great information." Rechon B. ★★★★★


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