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Master the art of knife skills with a wide range of classes. Learn how to chop, slice, and dice like a pro and elevate your culinary skills to a whole new level.

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Culinary Boot Camp Level II: For Amateur Cooks

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Take your culinary skills to the next level with this hands-on, skills-based series at Home Cooking New York. Gain confidence in advanced techniques and learn to create delicious recipes like Classic Minestrone with Herb Pistou and Crispy-Skinned Fish with Fresh Green Herb Sauce. Join our Culinary Boot Camp for Amateur Cooks and become a pro in the kitchen!

Friday, Apr 26th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Learn essential culinary skills and gain confidence in the kitchen with this hands-on beginner's course at Home Cooking New York. Explore knife skills, vegetable techniques, poultry butchering, pan sauces, and more over six weeks. Elevate your cooking game and explore a world of delicious possibilities!

Friday, Mar 15th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

Knife Skills: The Fundamentals

Miette @ 132 Mulberry St, New York, NY

Learn the essential knife skills needed to make cooking at home a breeze with Chef Paul at Miette. From choosing the right knives to mastering slicing, dicing, and chopping techniques, you'll be able to prepare a delicious menu of bruschetta, roast chicken, vegetables, and potatoes with confidence. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your culinary skills!

Friday, Mar 22nd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

Six Basic Cooking Techniques

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Sharpen your culinary skills and enhance your kitchen knowledge with this hands-on cooking class at Home Cooking New York. Learn essential techniques such as knife skills, cooking meat to perfection, making flavorful pan sauces, roasting vegetables, blanching green vegetables, and cooking leafy greens. Join us for an immersive cooking experience that will elevate your culinary expertise.

Friday, Apr 5th, 12–2:30pm Eastern Time

Knife Skills

Abigail's Kitchen @ 193 Henry St, New York, NY

Master the art of slicing and dicing like a pro! Discover the essential techniques for efficient, safe, and speedy knife skills in the kitchen. Unlock the secrets to sharpening, honing, and removing that stubborn garlic smell from your fingers. Put your skills to the test with a delicious couscous salad and caramelized pears.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 12–2:30pm Eastern Time

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4-Week Culinary Basics Series

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn essential knife skills, cooking techniques, and easy-to-prepare recipes in this beginner's cooking series at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom. Gain confidence in the kitchen and create delicious meals by the end of the series. Join us and become a pro in the kitchen!

Monday, Mar 11th, 6:30–9pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Knife Skills

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of precise knife cuts and techniques in this hands-on culinary course. Discover the secrets to perfect julienne, brunoise, and batonnet cuts, and master the skills needed to create beautifully presented dishes. Unleash your inner chef and elevate your culinary prowess at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom.

Saturday, Jun 15th, 3–5:30pm Pacific Time

Knife Skills 101

Radical Cooks @ 3048 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Master the art of knife skills and elevate your cooking game at Radical Cooks. Learn everything from essential chopping techniques to advanced cooking show cuts. Plus, enjoy the tasty rewards of your hard work at the end of class.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 2–4pm Pacific Time

Knife Skills (Cooking Basics)

Cook LA Cooking School @ 10938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

The most important skill before heading to the stove—it’ll change your life! Learn to slice and dice fruits and vegetables and use a sharp knife properly that is essential to good cooking. You’ll prepare your meals quicker by mastering knife basics such as mincing, dicing, slicing, shredding and more. You’ll also learn knife safety and handling techniques, how to select and care for your knives. 100% hands-on class Note: Recommended...

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Knife Skills

BLVD. Kitchen @ 13535 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

Knives are the essential tool of anyone working in the kitchen, and after this class, you'll know the basics -- how to safely handle and store knives, how to choose the right one for you, how to sharpen and maintain your knives, and how to chop, mince, slice and dice like a pro! Closed Toe shoes are required

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Hands-On Knife Skills

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Become a culinary pro with our popular Knife Skills class. Learn how to mince, slice, and dice like a chef, and gain valuable knowledge on knife care, sharpening, and selection. Join us at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square for a hands-on chopping session that will take your kitchen skills to the next level.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6–8pm Central Time

Culinary Boot Camp 1

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Experience the thrill of culinary school without the commitment or cost at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. Discover fundamental cooking techniques, from knife skills to advanced methods, and bring it all together with a final menu created with your classmates. Elevate your cooking skills in just five sessions with this unique culinary foundation course.

Monday, Apr 22nd, 9am–5pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

$2,530

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Whole Hog Butchery

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Tenderloin, sirloin, ribs, chops, ham...where do different cuts of meat come from? Which ones should you choose for different kinds of recipes, and why?? Join us as Chef Mario Scordato butchers a whole pig, showing you where the most important cuts are located, and explains the best ways to cook them. After Mario's demonstration, you'll sit down and enjoy a pork-filled lunch! 

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Family Class: Knife Skills

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Bring the whole gang and join us for family classes at Lincoln Square where children and adults will work together to learn new skills and techniques in the kitchen. Join us this month for our most popular class…Knife Skills! Families (kids ages 12 and older) will work together in a hands-on chopping session that'll have everyone mincing, slicing, and dicing vegetables and herbs like a pro. Knife safety, how to select a cutting board and how to...

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Basic Knife Skills: Meal Prep Made Easy

Nourished @ 111 S Vine St, Chicago, IL

If you need to sharpen your knife skills and become more confident at the cutting board, then this class is for you—an introduction to fundamental knife safety and skills.  Designed to make prep and cooking time faster, easier and stress-free, this class will give you the confidence you need to keep your cool (and your fingers) along the way! Our Health & Wellness Chefs will teach you: tips on selecting and safely using your knives...

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Knife Skills Classes Coming Up Online

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Knife Skills 101

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Master the art of the chef's knife with Home Cooking New York's comprehensive course. Learn to choose, store, sharpen, hold, and use this essential tool, and then put your skills to the test with a mouthwatering Vegetable Minestrone Soup. Sharpen your culinary expertise today!

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time

Virtual Knife Skills

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for our most popular class…virtually! Join our Chopping Block Chef in real time for a chopping session that’ll have you mincing, slicing, and dicing vegetables and herbs like a pro via Zoom. Knife care, selection, sharpening and honing are also covered. Our Virtual Cook Along classes, via Zoom, will have you and your chef chopping together in real time. We’ll provide you with the class packet and equipment list upon registration,...

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Knife Skills Online

Los Angeles City College @ Live Online

Feel more comfortable in the kitchen and improve your cooking efficiency by learning how to use a chef’s knife properly. This class focuses on the essential knife skills for a home cook, and teaches you slicing, dicing, chopping, knife sharpening and more to help you enjoy cooking! You’ll get a produce list sent to you before class so you can choose to cut along with the instructor in your kitchen. Participation requires a chef’s knife and...

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Knife Skills 101 (Online Learning)

Radical Cooks @ Virtual Classroom

The more efficient you become with this simple yet effective kitchen tool, the more you'll enjoy cooking. This class covers basic knife skills such as how to hold a knife to chopping, dicing, and slicing, not to mention those fancy cooking show cuts like “chiffonade” and “julienne.” We’ll also discuss sharpening, storage, and care.  Bonus ~ all that we slice and chop we get to eat, so plan to something delicious at the end of class,...

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Advanced Knife Skills

Teaching Table @ Virtual Classroom

Advanced Knife Skills class is for the home cook who wants to improve their accuracy and detail. In this class, you will learn and practice more intricate cuts, such as: julienne brunoise/fine brunoise bias supréme chiffonade rondelles parisiennes Suggested Menu (to use up what you cut): Supremed Citrus and Herb Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Charoset No prep. You might want to turn your cuts into a quick dinner. Recipes will be provided....

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Knife Skills Classes Coming Up in Boston

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Early Release Cooking

Duck Soup @ 365 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA

Student will learn basic knife skills and kitchen etiquette as well as lots of delicious recipes. Each class is hands-on and runs for two hours. There will be plenty food to eat or take home, or both. Classes range from sushi-making to cake decorating with fondant, and follow the seasons so that we make fondue in winter and ice cream in Spring.

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Very Special Knife Skills

Duck Soup @ 365 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA

Celebrity Chef Joe Gatto will show you step by step the correct way to chop veggies and cut up a whole chicken. Just in time for Thanksgiving, your new-found skill can be applied to the turkey.  You will use the veggies and chicken to make an amazing Arroz Con Pollo and as a reward for all your hard work, you’ll sit down and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine.

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Knife Skills

Helen's Kitchen Cooking School @ 3 Ingleside Rd, Natick, MA

Do you get excited about a trip to the farmer's market, but dread chopping all those veggies and herbs? If the onions make you break into tears and you can't remember the last time you sharpened your knife, come to this hands-on class and learn to slice, dice, and mince in a casual and supportive environment. We'll go over which knives are used for which cuts, how to buy a good knife in any price range, as well as sharpening and caring for your knives....

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Knife Skills/Soup and Stew

Art of the Meal @ 1354 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX

In this session, you will learn the basics for handling knives safely and correctly, including: -Knife safety and how to hold your chef knife properly -Classic and uniform cuts (brunoise, julienne, suprêmes, chiffonade) -How to cut an onion properly (so it stays together while cutting!) -The easy way to cut a bell pepper With our newfound skills we will as a group prepare: Vegetable Stock Tuscan White Bean and Spinach Soup with Roasted Garlic Spicy...

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Sharpen Your Knife Skills

Central Market - Houston @ 3815 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Hands-on basics class. This class is perfect for the beginner or the seasoned home cook. You'll learn the characteristics of a good knife and how to handle and care for this most prized tool in the kitchen. Then you'll practice basic cuts like slicing, dicing,chopping and learning to chiffonade and juliene. The fruits of your labor will become dinner. Bring a chef's knife or purchase a Wüsthof knife at a discount on the night of class...

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Knife Skills 101

Sur La Table - River Oaks @ 1996 W Gray, Houston, TX

Become acquainted and adept with the most classic and important of chef's tools, and your time in the kitchen will be transformed. In this hands-on class, you'll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts—mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne. Plus, our instructor will teach you a few advanced techniques and offer tips for keeping all your knives maintained and sharp. You'll use these knife skills every time you cook, so...

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Knife Skills Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Kitchen 101: Knife Skills

Hill Center Culinary Classes @ 921 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC

Join Chef Wendi as she teaches the essentials of knife skills for beginners. Learn the techniques of proper knife selection, care, basic cuts and proper form. This intimate class of 10 students will help take you to the next level in your cooking skills. Materials will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their favorite knife. A minimum of 4 people is required for this class to occur. Registrants will be notified if the minimum is not...

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Cut Like a Chef: Level 2

South Seattle College Continuing Educ @ 6000 16th Ave, Seattle, WA

Enhance your kitchen confidence with this advanced cutting class. Learn to fillet fish, cut up a whole chicken, slice meat and more. Learn practical applications of professional cutting techniques. Class will be held at:  Seattle, Culinary Arts Building (CAB), Room: CAB - Main 

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Knife Skills

Mangia Bene Catering Seattle @ 850 NE 88th St, Seattle, WA

Julienne, chiffonade, brunoise, mince, chop, slice, dice... What do they mean? Learn the answers in this basic class plus: parts of a knife, how to hold a knife, which knife for which task, how to care for and sharpen your knives and tips on what to look for when purchasing a good knife. This class will revolutionize the way you use your most important kitchen tool. Suitable for vegetarians Bring an apron, a knife to sharpen and your appetite; we...

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Knife Skills 101

MJCCA @ 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA

Do you know how to properly hold a knife? How often should you sharpen a knife? What's the best way to chop an onion? Answer these questions and more as you learn knife skills that will last you a lifetime. Practice your chopping as chef Howard guides you through a menu of black bean and mango salsa, garlic bread, tomato bruschetta, and spicy roasted sweet potatoes.  Wine will be served. We request that students wear closed toed shoes.

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Knife Skills 102

MJCCA @ 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA

Do you know how to properly hold a knife? How often should you sharpen a knife? What's the best way to chop an onion? Then you must have taken Knife Skills 101. In this class, we will build upon skills learned and add to our cutting repertoire. Chef Howard will guide you through dishes of black bean & mango salsa, Moroccan carrot salad, avocado toast, and artichokes. We request that students wear closed toed shoes.

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Knife Skills, Stocks, and Soups

Hal's Kitchen @ 3210 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA

By the end of this class, you will have the same confidence with your knife as a TV chef. Our chef will show you all the various knife cuts from Batonnet to Brunoise, as well as which knife to use for various tasks. You will also learn how to make stock from scratch (no more boxes or cans again!) and delicious soups.  Students will make Green Gazpacho and Vichyssoise.

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Knife Skills

Escoffier School of Culinary Arts @ 637 S Broadway, Boulder, CO

In this class we will cover all of the basics to proper knife skills including body posture and knife grip as well as all of the fundamental cuts to make following any recipe easy. By the end of the day, you'll be slicing and dicing like a pro. Students under the age of 18 may attend our classes when they register and attend the class with a parent or guardian.

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Knife Skills

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts @ 1937 Market St, Denver, CO

Learn to slice n’ dice in this hands on class guaranteed to sharpen your culinary skills. This is the perfect class for beginners and seasoned home cooks alike – there’s something new for everybody to learn! The experienced Chefs of Cook Street will discuss with you everything from knife selection (6″ Chef’s Knife vs. 10″ Chef’s Knife??) to caring for your knives and how important it is to have a quality piece of steel. Create a meal...

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Knife Skills 101

Sur La Table - Denver @ 121 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO

Become acquainted and adept with the most classic and important of chef's tools, and your time in the kitchen will be transformed. In this hands-on class, you'll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts—mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne. Plus, our instructor will teach you a few advanced techniques and offer tips for keeping all your knives maintained and sharp. You'll use these knife skills every time you cook, so...

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Discover the Best Knife Skills Classes Near Me

Have you ever wondered how chefs and bakers get so good at cooking? Or marveled at the cooks on TV that seem to be able to meal prep in the blink of an eye? Learning knife skills can take you one step closer to being able to cook like a pro. 

The first knife dates back to the prehistoric age when humans were still hunters and gatherers. These tools were created from bone and made it simple for humans to remove meat from animals, as well as crush grains and other foods. 

Metal knives came along fairly early in history as well, during the Romano-British period between 43 AD and the fifth century when Rome fell. Eating knives were available, but only for the wealthy. Even then, there wasn’t usually enough cutlery for guests to use. 

People during this time, men and women, carried work knives around to use them for everyday tasks. When utensils became more readily available, many stopped carrying knives. Pocket knives remain a staple, as well as hunting knives in communities where hunting is popular.

Knives fall into the cutlery category along with scissors and razors. They’re objects used to cut things, particularly meats and other types of consumable goods. To safely handle knives, there are some basic skills you’ll need to understand, including: 

  • How to properly hold and use a knife
  • The best way to grip food to avoid cutting your fingers (called a “bear claw” or “claw grip”)
  • Ways to take care of your knives (sharpening, honing, storing, and washing)
  • Stabilizing a cutting board, ensuring it doesn’t slide around on the countertop while you’re cutting

It may also be helpful to know that there are many different types of cutting. Some of the most common terms you’ll hear are: 

  • Chopping— Creating evenly sized pieces, but less precise than other cuts
  • Dicing— Creating cubes; can be small, medium, or large cubes
  • Slicing— Creating even slices, for instance with tomatoes on a sandwich
  • Chiffonade — Creating long, uniform strands with leafy foods, especially herbs and garnish 
  • Julienne — Creating long uniform strands with foods such as carrots
  • Mincing — Smallest, finest level of chopping that brings out the flavor in a food for example with minced garlic

Why You Should Learn Knife Skills

You may not have considered knife skills as a hobby you’d enjoy, but when you spend time learning, it can have benefits you didn’t expect. For one, you’ll be able to elevate the flavors in your home cooked food. You’ll be a tremendous host for get-togethers (or yourself, if you prefer to dine solo), plus you’ll know how to keep everyone in the kitchen safe. 

Learning knife skills can act as a conduit to your best cooking experiences. You’ll come away feeling accomplished and knowledgeable. Not to mention, when you share your food with others, they’ll know you appreciate them. 

If you’re looking to change jobs, knowing how to properly use and care for knives could be a great asset for a career in food. Whether you want to be a chef at a Michelen starred restaurant or own a food truck, you’ll need to know how to use the tools of the trade. 

5 Ways to Learn Knife Skills

Everyone learns differently, which means it’s helpful to have choices about how to learn new skills. For knife skills, there are a number of ways to get started, although taking classes with a trained instructor is the most reliable way to ensure you get the most from your class. 

Here are five ways to begin learning knife skills: 

  1. Take an in-person class. Check out your local community centers, community colleges, and restaurants to see your options for learning in-person. Because knife skills are hands-on, seeing someone show you the skills and being able to ask questions as you’re learning is a great way to get started. 
  2. Take a course online, live or self-paced. If you’re in an area that doesn’t have many options for in-person learning, or you simply prefer to be in your own space, there are plenty of courses online for learning knife skills. Live courses offer real-time instruction and have many of the same benefits as in-person learning. Self-paced classes offer more flexibility in terms of completing the course, but you won’t have an instructor or peers to help you if you get stuck or have a question. 
  3. Research local organizations that might host classes or be willing to let you shadow them and learn on-the-job. Local organizations and small businesses are often friendly and may be willing to let you shadow them or even teach you more formally. 
  4. Watch online videos to see where you’d like to start learning. You can learn parts of almost everything online for free. If you’re getting started, watching videos may help you figure out what skills excite you most. Then you can figure out how to go about learning and practicing them.
  5. Visit your local library. Libraries are great free resources for the community, and almost every town has one. There are sure to be plenty of books, if you learn through reading. Many libraries also have a “library of things” with different tools donated by the community. There may be knives or other cutlery tools you could borrow and test out before you decide to purchase your own. 

In-Person Knife Skills Classes

You can learn knife skills in many places throughout the United States. Because knives are only one part of the culinary experience, once you learn how to use them, there’s a whole new world of cooking available. 

Do you dream of dazzling your friends and family with a delicious home cooked meal? Try a course with Miette in Little Italy in Manhattan. Knife Skills: The Fundamentals is at the restaurant Tartine in the West Village. During class, knife skills will be at the forefront of learning to create a hearty meal. Learn how to slice, dice, and chop your way to a delightful appetizer and meal, plus dessert. Chef Paul will teach you knife basics such as how to choose the best cooking knives and how to take care of the tools you have in your kitchen.

Home Cooking NY offers Knife Skills 101 at their location in SoHo Manhattan. As this 101 class suggests, you’ll start with basics like how to properly hold and sharpen your knives, which are a key kitchen tool. Eight-inch chef’s knives will be provided during class, although you can bring your own knife if you prefer. You’ll get to keep the knife sharpening stone you learn how to use in class. Celebrate a successful class with the group by making a meal to share using your new skills. 

If you’re looking for a class in Brooklyn, consider Knife Skills by The Brooklyn Kitchen in Sunset Park. This course will teach you how to safely handle, sharpen, and hone your knives. Unlike some of the other classes, The Brooklyn Kitchen will also teach you about ingredients. From shopping to storing, you’ll walk away knowing how to choose and use the best ingredients in your meals. The kitchen is allergy friendly, and provides a place without common food allergens. All you have to do is let them know about allergies ahead of time and they’ll work with you to ensure you’re safe in their learning environment. 

If you’re looking for knife skills courses on the West Coast, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom on the West Side of Los Angeles is a great place to start. Chef Eric hosts single classes like Knife Skills that will show you how professionals use their knives. You’ll start with the basics of how to hold and care for your knives before moving on to learning basic cuts. Class ends with more elevated and complicated cuts like Paysanne and Batonnet. 

Looking for a more in-depth course? Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom has a 4 Week Culinary Basics Series that might be exactly what you’re looking for. You don’t need any prior skills to make the most of classes because they were designed with a beginner in mind. The first class is about knife techniques and sauteing, followed by foundational cooking skills like grilling and baking. You’ll learn about all kinds of foods and preparation techniques and get a well-rounded experience throughout the sessions. Plus, you’ll make meals as a group each week and taste the fruits of your labor.

In Chicago, The Chopping Block Lincoln Square on the north side of the city hosts interesting culinary classes. Hands-On Knife Skills is their most popular class. In addition to teaching you techniques like mincing, dicing, and slicing, you’ll also learn the basics of caring for your kitchen tools. Plus, the chef will talk through how to select a good knife, including information about the manufacturing process. 

Virtual Knife Skills Classes 

Knife skills are tactile, but there are plenty of classes you can take online to begin learning. Taking online knife skills classes has a few key benefits: 

  • Attending from anywhere, whether you’re on vacation or at home in your comfy clothes
  • Avoiding a hectic commute
  • Choosing from a wider variety of topics/specialty skills
  • Using tools you’re already familiar with

Although learning online generally means you have to supply your own materials and equipment, that’s not always a bad thing. There are many classes that provide ingredients and materials as part of the course fee, too.

During Knife Skills 101 by Home Cooking New York, you’ll learn the proper way to buy, care for, and store knives with a special focus on the chef’s knife. As you learn the skills, you’ll prepare a vegetable minestrone soup. To fully participate, you’ll need to stock up on veggies and purchase a chef’s knife and a knife sharpener or sharpening stone. When you register for class, you’ll receive a list of what to buy and how to participate in class. 

If you’ve learned the basics and want to practice through a cooking class, Virtual Cook Along: Just Peachy: Sweet and Savory Peach by The Chopping Block Lincoln Square might be a great choice. The focus of this course is to prepare peach-based recipes (including desserts), and one of the first things you’ll learn is how to choose and cut the fruit appropriately for each recipe. 

When you register, you’ll get a list of everything you need for class, plus a schedule for what you’ll be doing. Because the chef will be cooking alongside you, you’ll be able to ask questions in real-time and chat with peers. 

Private Group Knife Skills Classes

Do you want to schedule a knife skills class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization? Or perhaps a cooking class where everyone can learn a new recipe? CourseHorse has live online knife skills classes for private groups

Enjoy learning a new skill with your peers during a Virtual Knife Skills Workshop. Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned pro looking for ways to be more efficient, you’ll enjoy this hour-long workshop. 

To prepare, you’ll need to make sure you have a few basic items in stock: 

  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Onions
  • Large carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Two cloves of garlic

These veggies are recommended, but most will work fine. Walk away feeling great about basic cuts, prepping for everyday meals, and knife safety. 

There are several perks to signing up for a private group through CourseHorse. For one, there aren’t any booking fees and you’ll get a confirmation of your group within 24 hours. This is great for documentation and reimbursement purposes. 

You can also pay a fee ($150) to customize your group’s experience. Examples that work well for groups include adding games and additional expert support. With the capacity for up to 500 participants, this could come in handy. 

Don’t know how many people are in your group yet? That’s fine! You can book with the minimum of ten people and finalize your roster when it’s complete. Keep in mind that CourseHorse recommends the Zoom video platform; although, if your company has a preference, they can also support other platforms like Microsoft Teams.

If you want to know more or have specific questions, reach out to CourseHorse via the contact form on their website. You could potentially schedule a demo if you’re interested. 

What Will I Need to Learn Knife Skills?

To learn knife skills, you’ll need a few materials. Sometimes the school provides them, but as you figure out your own preferences, it’s nice to pick up your own supplies and get comfortable with them.

Chef’s Knife

A chef’s knife has a broad blade that usually starts wider in the back and tapers down toward the front. The tip is sharp, and it has a good sized handle for gripping. This is one of the most useful knives in the kitchen. 

The standard size for chef’s knives is between 6-10 inches, with an 8-inch blade being ideal for beginners. Ultimately, as you learn, a 10-inch knife is the most efficient option, but it’s a good idea to start with a shorter blade first. 

Serrated Knife 

Serrated knives are usually about 10 inches long. Sometimes called a “bread knife,” the serrated edge is perfect for cutting through fruit rinds and making clean slices in softer ingredients. 

Of course, this type of knife does make great slices of bread, because it slices cleanly through the foods rather than having to try to carve through them. Heads up, you can’t sharpen a serrated knife like you can others because it will ruin the blade.

Utility Knife 

Utility knives are handy tools that play many roles in the kitchen. The medium-length blade, from 4-7 inches is thin and great for all kinds of chopping, dicing, and slicing. Like the chef’s knife, it’s a catch-all that can do many jobs. 

Because the blade is shorter and thinner, most people have a difficult time sharpening it. They’re usually fairly inexpensive, which means purchasing a brand you like with a comfortable handle and replacing it when it’s no longer sharp is often a practical choice. 

Paring Knife

Paring knives are the utility knife’s smaller sibling. With a short 3-4-inch blade, it’s usually the best choice for tasks like peeling veggies and segmenting fruit. If you like shrimp, these short knives can be used for deveining, too. 

Paring knives also fall into the category where it’s practical to find a knife you like and replace it when it gets dull. If you cook on a regular basis, your paring knife might become your favorite tool. 

Cutting Boards

What’s your cutting board made out of? Do you remember? Chances are, it’s wood, plastic, or glass. In terms of your knives, there are better (and worse) choices for cutting board materials. 

Hardwood cutting boards are the best materials for your knives. The wood is soft enough for the knives to cut well, and even kills dangerous bacteria (contrary to concern about wood not being sanitary). Depending on the type of wood and the thickness, these cutting boards are also reliable and durable, lasting for the long-haul. 

Plastic cutting boards are usually the cheap option, and that’s not a bad thing. They tend to be durable and easy to keep clean. They’re also more lightweight, which means cleanup could be as easy as putting the cutting board in the dishwasher. Plastic is harder on knives than wood, but it’s still better than ultra-hard materials. Plus, they’re not as bulky, so you can keep a variety of sizes. In this instance, cheaper does mean you’ll have to replace your plastic cutting boards every now and then, but with the lower prices, that’s probably not too big of a hassle. 

Glass cutting boards may look nice on the counter, or seem good in theory, but they’re actually bad for your knives. The surface is too hard, which causes knives to go dull more quickly. No matter which expert you ask, they’re all likely to tell you the same thing: get a different cutting board. 

By the way, as you’re learning knife skills, your cutting board should never slide around on the counter — that’s dangerous. To make sure it stays put and remains stable throughout food prep, you can wet a paper towel and put it underneath the cutting board. This should prevent a majority of sliding.

Raw Ingredients 

As you’re learning knife skills, you’ll need ingredients to practice with. Some of the best raw ingredients are surprisingly affordable. Think about picking up potatoes, carrots, and onions at the store. You can also practice different types of cuts with leafy ingredients like basil and oregano. 

As you get more advanced, or adventurous, there are other ingredients like whole chickens and fresh fish that could give you a challenge with your new knife skills. 

Is it Difficult to Learn Knife Skills?

When you try new things, they all feel somewhat difficult when you first start out. As you take classes, practice, and spend time using the skills to uplevel your cooking, you may find it gets easier. Even if it feels hard, if you like it, you probably won’t mind the challenge. The joys of being able to use the skills through food may outweigh the fact that you can only learn one or two recipes at a time, for example. Anything is possible when you’re willing to keep learning and practicing.

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