So you want to cook like a pro, but can you prep like a pro? If you’re kitting out your kitchen for the first time or want to invest in some new tools, the myriad of knives available can be overwhelming. Where on earth do you start?
Knives can really make a difference not only to your cooking,
but your enjoyment of the preparation and cooking process - after
all, who wants to be slogging over tough vegetables all day? The
right knife will make slicing and dicing a piece of cake.
No matter which type of knives you choose to purchase, the
qualities you look for in each should be the same. Of course, it
goes without saying that the knives should be sharp, cut with ease
and be comfortable to hold. An expensive knife won't automatically
make you work at the speed of a Japanese sushi chef but a good
knife will make the task much less labour intensive. Here are the
essential knives everyone should have in the kitchen.
A small knife with a sharp, short blade, used for precision
tasks like peeling and trimming fruits and vegetables. Because of
its size, the paring knife is quick to manipulate in your hand,
making for an easier time when dealing with delicate tasks like
The multi-purpose 8" or 10" chef's knife is used for slicing,
dicing, chopping, and mincing. It's built to tackle hard veg like
squash, prepare meat, as well as finely chop herbs or other
vegetables. Whatever size or version you go for, the most
important thing to note is that this one should be sharpened
Serrated bread knife
It's the only knife that will break apart crusty baguettes
without ruining the inside texture. Also great for slicing tomatoes
and other thin-skinned fruits like nectarines and peaches,
levelling cakes and making gorgeous chocolate shavings!
So you've got your knives… but not sure how to use
Do you want to feel more confident about your knife skills, or
learn some new techniques? Our Knife Skills
class is the one for you. You will have the chance to spend a
day in the kitchen with our chefs learning the art of filleting
fish, butchery and slicing and dicing vegetables.
Throughout the day you will learn the basics, from which knife
to use for each task and how to handle a knife properly, right
through to techniques such as how to julienne your vegetables and
fillet a fish.
Your knife skills tutorial will form part of a full day class
where you will get the chance to prepare several dishes from start
to finish at your own state of the art cooking station.
Once you've finished cooking in the afternoon you will have the
chance to sit down, relax and enjoy a two course lunch which you
will have made along with a glass of wine.
Your day will include:
- Fish filleting
- Vegetable prep
your place now.