The top 10 skills needed to become a chef: willingness to learn. Becoming a chef can be a hands-on learning experience and, as they say, practice makes perfect. We've put together a list of 25 key skills that every beginning cook should know to gain confidence in the kitchen. The cornerstone of many dishes, learning how to chop an onion efficiently can endlessly speed up dinner preparation.
Take a few minutes and learn how to slice like a pro with our video on how to chop an onion below. We've also been discussing ways to keep tears at bay; apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while it's being cut will cause your eyes to dry out. Using a “bain-marie” to melt chocolate may seem extravagant, but it's actually quite simple and will ensure that you don't ruin your favorite candy by burning or breaking it. Our video explains how to melt chocolate properly.