chef's knife


Definition of chef's knife

: a knife used for preparing food especially : a large, general-purpose kitchen knife usually 8 to 10 inches long that has a blade curving upward along its length and ending in a narrow point The chef's knife, usually 8 inches long, is … the workhorse of the kitchen. It is used for chopping, slicing, and dicing a variety of foods. Consumer Reports

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Recent Examples on the Web Each of these cuts is best achieved by using a sharp chef's knife with a blade that's 8 to 10 inches long. Katy Severson,, "How to make basic knife cuts," 1 Mar. 2021 Our all-around favorite chef's knife from J.A. Henckels is a good size for most hands and can make quick work of any of your chopping needs, from veggies to meat and more. Lizzy Briskin,, "Essential kitchen equipment for Whole30," 26 Feb. 2021 Encased in a vivid nonstick coating, this collection includes an 8-inch chef's knife, an 8-inch slicing knife, a 7-inch Santoku knife, a 6.5-inch utility knife and a 3.5-inch paring knife) with protective blade guards for each one. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "This 10-piece Cuisinart knife set has a perfect 5-star rating—and it's less than $15," 28 Jan. 2021 An 8- or 9-inch chef's knife, a smaller paring knife, a bread knife, and maybe a couple of specialty blades. Matt Jancer, Wired, "How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)," 1 Jan. 2021 This stainless-steel set includes five knives (an 8-inch chef's knife, an 8-inch slicing knife, a 7-inch Santoku knife, a 6.5-inch utility knife and a 3.5-inch paring knife), as well as protective blade guards for each one. Valerie Li Stack, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: You can get this Cuisinart knife for under $20 today," 29 Nov. 2020 For your loved one who picked up cooking as a new hobby during stay-at-home mandates, consider upgrading their prep tool collection with a sharp, durable chef's knife from Zwilling. Valerie Li Stack, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: Get Zwiling Pro 8-inch Chef's Knife for $40 off," 27 Nov. 2020 Each and every one insisted that the best chef's knife does not exist. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Find the Best Chef's Knife FOR YOU," 9 Nov. 2020 Having a decent chef's knife, or a big enough cutting board, or a couple of sturdy pans will not only make cooking for yourself easier and more efficient but more fun too. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "The 12 Essential Kitchen Tools You Absolutely Need," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of chef's knife

1893, in the meaning defined above

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25 Mar 2021

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“Chef's knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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