What does it take to be a good cook or chef? I’m sure we’ve asked ourselves this many times in life. What does it take to be a good student? A good soccer player? A good pianist? The answer is simple and one we’ve been told repeatedly over our lives: practice makes perfect.
When we’re born, we know how to breathe, how to sleep and how to cry. Everything else is a learned skill. We are taught how to walk, how to speak, how to write and much more. How did we suddenly become so good at these things? The reason is that we’ve done them over and over and over again, hundreds and thousands of times. We’ve done them so frequently that our muscles have learned how to do them for us.
Just like any athlete or musician, repeating the appropriate movements over and over again will make the task much easier, and at one point perfected! Cooking is exactly like this. Practice the techniques and the cuts as much as possible. Go to the local market and buy a bag of potatoes, some onions and even some meat to practice your cuts! They won’t go to waste because you can save them and turn them into soup! Take the time to make them perfect. Remember: practice makes perfect. The more you practice the better and faster you’ll get. Before you know it you’ll get to the point where your knife skills are so good that you don’t even need to think about it. Once you get there, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a great cook!
This post was written with the help of “The Complete Book of Knife Skills” by Jeffrey Elliot and James P. DeWan