Join Plated’s Head Chef Elana Karp for a fun and informative 12-minute class on knife skills. You’ll learn 4 essential cuts and gain fundamental skills for the kitchen — making prep faster, smoother, and more enjoyable.
You’ll learn basic cuts for everyday ingredients, fun hacks to enjoy your time in the kitchen, and great tips on selecting and safely using your knives. You’ll come away from this class with confidence for using your chef’s knife and the skills to cut your vegetables quickly and beautifully.
Elana is the Head Chef at Plated and the co-author of the Plated cookbook. After completing Teach for America in New York City and earning her Masters degree in Childhood Education, she headed over to Paris to explore France’s deep culinary history and tradition. On the way she earned a chef’s degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and developed her philosophy that cooking and eating are the best ways to bring people together.
Elana believes food should be easy to make, delicious to eat and is best enjoyed when shared. It leads to good conversation, exposes diners to new cultures, and makes great memories. She is thrilled to be part of the Plated culinary team and looks forward to sharing her meals with you!
Slice, dice, mince, or julienne your favorite vegetable
Your assignment is to try one of the following knife cuts on your favorite vegetable: slice, julienne, dice, or mince. Practice your cut, then take a photo of your pile of cut veggies. As an extra challenge, upload a photo for each different cut!
Being a professional chef with a career spanning almost 10 years, I have come across many chef’s knives. Some of them are very nice and useful while others are what I would call terrible. Today, I am going to share with you my story with the faith that you will find a chef knife that will work perfectly for you.
Wusthof Classic Chef Knife
I acquired this knife last year and what I can say about it is that it is just amazing. Everything from its 8 inch size to its sharpness is just perfect for my restaurant’s culinary purposes; Jim (one of my hired co-chefs) commends me like every day for getting this knife. He says that all he has to do is lift the knife over the hardest of food items and the knife does the rest of the job as though cutting through cheese on a nice summer afternoon. For such excellent quality, I would say that this knife is quite worth the high price.
Messermeister Chef Knife
This knife is also 8 inch in size and perfect for use both at home and in my restaurant. It is actually one of the two knives we use at home and my wife says it is just amazing. This knife may be big, but it’s not too big to hold; it’s just perfect to grip. Occasionally, we roast meat at home. The Messermeister chef knife is primarily the tool I use to cut the roast meat into small bits that my family can handle with ease. As a matter of fact, I am even considering wrapping a new knife of this kind into a nice gift pack for my parents the next time I travel to Texas.
Shun Chef Knife
I received this knife last summer as a gift from my wife’s dad. The most stunning thing about this knife is its fancy style; it looks like the case of the knife Arthur gifted his half-sister on her birthday in the series Merlin. This chef knife’s goodness doesn’t just stop there; I have tested it on almost every ingredient and it never at once let me down.
So there you go, the 3 chef knives that will make cooking great.