Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Your Very Own Knife Skills Class -- FREE!

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Ask any chef what's needed to become a good cook, and I guarantee you the answer will always, always be the same: SOLID KNIFE SKILLS.

When I started out learning to cook (which, sadly, wasn't until after I was married), I had no clue what I was doing. I just tried and failed...and tried again. At the time, I was absentmindedly using my dull steak knives to slice, dice, chop, and mince. Hey, it worked, ok? Or so I thought.

Fast-forward to today. I now sheepishly realize just how important it is to have the proper tools and skills in order to succeed in the kitchen. Which is what brings me to today's blog post topic.

By now, we probably all agree learning basic knife skills is absolutely vital. But look up any knife skills class at any cooking school, and trust me, they're not cheap! 

So instead of bypassing this crucial skill, you now have an option--a very good option!--because I'm beyond thrilled to offer you a:

Complete Knife Skills

This series of video classes, lasting nearly 2 hours in total, is taught by the one and only Chef Brendan McDermott, a former instructor at New York's Institute of Culinary Eduation who's most famous for his award-winning knife skills classes.

Actually, there are 4 different lessons with several sections each:

  1. "Introduction"
    • About Brendan
    • Four Basic Knives
    • Helpful Hint
  2.  "Essential Knife Skills"
    • Prepping Your Cutting Board
    • Hold to Hold a Chef's Knife
    • Low Cut
    • High Cut
    • Plateau, Julienne, & Dice
    • Cutting Onions
    • Horizontal & Pull Cuts
    • Garlic & Shallots
    • Helpful Hint
  3. "Shortcuts for Fruits, Veggies, & Herbs"
    • Cutting Jalapeño with a Paring Knife
    • Cutting Cauliflower
    • Cutting Citrus
    • Serrated Utility Knife
    • Cutting Tomato
    • Cutting Bell Peppers
    • Cutting Pineapple
    • Cutting Butternut Squash
    • Chef Knife
    • Cutting Avocado
    • Cutting Herbs
    • Helpful Hint
  4. "Sharpening & Honing"
    • The Science of Sharpening
    • Using a Honing Rod
    • Sharpening with a Whetstone
    • Helpful Hint
The beauty is, you can watch this series anytime you want because it never expires! You also get downloadable classroom material, 4 free recipes, and Q&As from your fellow virtual classmates.

All you have to do is:

Hope you enjoy!