Another trick we learned in Chef School was how to use our (heart attack inducingly-expensive new knife set). Last year for his birthday, I signed Neil up for George Brown’s Knife Skills course and gave him the knives (because I am so nice!).
In Culinary I, one of the first things we learned was how to properly chop an onion, from brunoise to different-sized dice. It’s probably one of the most useful things I learned yet ever so simple.
I really liked this video - it shows exactly how to do it (and makes it look so easy!)
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