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Knife Skills 101 with Chef Ace Champion

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There are so many different knives.

Ever wondered if you are using the right knife? Are you aware of the purpose of each knife?

Below is a great summary explaining each knife and their use.


Different Knives and their Uses courtesy zbsharpening.com

Chef Champion’s Knife Skills 101

Chef Ace Champion shares some great lessons and techniques on how to use several knives such as Bread, Carving and Vegetable.

He even shows how to cut an onion, a few celery sticks and garlic cloves blindfolded! Very impressive! Check them out…

Knife Skills on Good Day Wisconsin Fox 11:


Blind Folded Knife Demonstration:


Knife Skills 101 Class at Cookscorner.com


What are your challenges when you use any knife?

5 Tips to help Chefs Survive Their First Job in the Kitchen

Chefs first job in the Kitchen Chefs first job in the Kitchen

We’ve seen how messy things can get when you don’t respect the kitchen. We’ve seen how accidents can happen when you aren’t paying attention. These things can and will happen, but a seasoned chef will know just how to avoid some common missteps and mistakes on the job. A newbie, however, will need all the help they can get – which is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to surviving your first job in the kitchen.

Be aware of your environment – kitchens can be loud, hectic and dangerous. Always know who and what is around you – and let others know when you’re near them. Learn to use these terms, if you want to keep your job (and your health), and look like you know what you’re doing:

  • Corner – coming around the corner
  • Behind you – walking behind someone
  • Sharp – walking with a sharp knife
  • Hot – walking with a hot pot

Keep a clean work space – Keep your station neat, clean and organized. That not only includes keeping all food and tools in their proper places, but keeping your chef coat or apron stain free, as well. For tips on how to keep your coat as clean as possible, read our blog, Keeping Your Chef Coat Clean During the Holidays.

Chefs first job in the Kitchen

Move efficiently – Don’t just run around the kitchen aimlessly. Know what you need, where to find it, and minimize the amount of time you spend moving around the kitchen. This is not only for your safety, but for the safety of everyone else in that kitchen. Be considerate to those around you and don’t crowd their work space by being in an area you don’t need to be in.

Don’t act like a know-it-all – Stop trying to impress everyone and do what you are told. You are new to this, and your head chef knows that. Don’t pretend to know everything just to show off. If anything, he or she will be happier to see you learning and producing consistently well-prepared dishes than to see you try something you saw on TV once and fail miserably. Always under promise and over deliver. Listen to your head chef and do as he or she says.

Last but not least, Stay Calm! – A professional kitchen is a high-pressure environment. If you are nervous or unsure, you will make everyone around you nervous as well. You can freak out on the inside, but outside you need to be calm, cool and collected. Focus on the task in front of you. Take it one step at a time, and get it right the first time. Don’t start yelling at everyone, unless you’re the head chef – unless you want a one way ticket out of his kitchen.

Chefs first job in the Kitchen

Can you think of any other tips for new kitchen staff? Post it below!

Is Cooking at Home a Chore for Chefs?

Most people get to leave their jobs behind when they leave work at 5 PM. But what about chefs? What do they do when their long shift filled with management and cooking is behind them? Do they wind down and relax with a nice meal when they get home, or does the very thought of prepping a meal sound like a chore?Is Cooking at Home a Chore for Chefs? Blog on Chefuniforms.com

For most chefs, cooking is a true passion – many chefs believe that using their creativity and skills to create delicious meals is a calling in life. The thought that the food they created has the power to brighten someone’s day, dazzle their pallet, and show them the wonders of flavor is what many chefs believe makes their job so fulfilling. But even in light of all these positive, fulfilling perks that come with the job, many chefs want to leave the kitchen behind them when they arrive home. According to a Yahoo! Answers forum, many chefs prefer to eat store-bought, prepared foods, such as a frozen pizza when they get home! Some even have their spouses prepare meals for them! However, many chefs just can’t get enough of the kitchen and continue to prepare delicious meals when they arrive home – whether the meal be simple and robust or elegant and complex. According to an article from the Huffington Post, world-renowned French Chef David Boulud winds down by preparing a vegetable salad Meridionale featuring eggplant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and shrimp.

So, chefs, what do you do when you get home at the end of the day? Do you prepare to make your own culinary creation or sit back, relax, and let the food come to you? Leave a comment below!

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