I love to cook, and I've talked a lot about cooking on this blog to date. I've shared my thoughts on food (including prioritizing home cooked meals), a few of my favorite cookbooks, the kitchen tools that I can't live without, and even my culinary goals for this year. WhatI haven't shared yet (until now, of course) is the single element that I think has made the biggest impact in my cooking skills in the last five years. And that, friends, was taking a knife skills class.
It sounds so simple, and it really is, but at the same time knife skills are so foundational. Correct technique for chopping and dicing doesn't seem sexy or glamorous, and the only way to get really good at knife skills is years of practice. Once you get the hang of it, however, an even dice is just so satisfying and using the right technique really elevates and improves whatever you cook. By making various ingredients the right size (and therefore texture) dishes cook more evenly and have better presentation.
I took a knife skills class from the Brooklyn Kitchen (the scene of our epic cocktail making class), and similar classes are also offered in Manhattan at Haven's Kitchen. Classes do fill up, so it's worth planning ahead. Happy chopping!