If you’re a serious home cook, should you take a knife skills class? If you’ve been cooking for a while, a basic class may be all too basic. On Chowhound, sherrib describes taking a more advanced class and learning an important lesson: The skills required of a chef in a professional kitchen—where perfect cuts matter—are very different from the ones you need at home. The best thing juliejulez got out of a basic knife skills class was being able to test-drive some 10 different knives, something you can’t really do in a kitchen shop. For a little one-on-one training, sherrib asked the owner of a small knife store to give her lessons. Maybe the best part: learning how to sharpen her knives, a skill that’s hard to pick up from videos alone.

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