Beginner Knife Skills (Online)

Laura Scheck
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Taught by Laura Scheck

Laura Scheck is the founder of Teaching Table, a culinary education platform that aims to inspire others to cook foods that are better for their bodies, their families, and their communities. Laura previously worked as a teacher and adult educator and was trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute, making her uniquely suited to share her passion for food in an educational way. Teaching Table provides public cooking demos and workshops, lessons targeted towards individual needs and special diets, private cooking classes & events for cooks of all ages and experience levels, as well as tips, techniques, and recipes via a blog and social media.

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Whether you cook every day or just occasionally, great knife skills are a time (and finger) saver in the kitchen. You will learn the basics, starting with choosing the right tools, setting up your prep station, and properly holding your knife. In this class, practice 10 basic cuts, including how to chop, dice, slice, mince, and roll cut. Know when to choose the right cut of garlic. You’ll cut an onion into perfectly even squares in under 60 seconds. With your newly honed techniques, you will become more efficient and consistent. You will reduce waste and keep yourself safe!

Suggested Menu (to use up what you cut):

  • Three Bean & Sweet Potato Chili

  • Seasonal Fruit Crumble

No prep. After class, you might choose to turn your cuts into a quick dinner and dessert. Recipes will be provided. Minimal class time will be devoted to the recipes/meal prep and the focus will be on the knife skills. No special ingredients or tools required. See below.


What you need:

  • cutting board

  • knife

  • bench scraper, recommended

  • peeler

  • zester or microplane, optional

  • sweet potatoes

  • tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, if available

  • carrots

  • peppers

  • avocado

  • 1-2 pounds seasonal fruit

  • onion

  • garlic

  • mixing bowls

  • additional ingredients for chili, optional (recipe will be provided)

  • ingredients for fruit cobbler, optional (recipe will be provided)

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