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

Examples of chef's knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, with a large, sharp chef's knife, carefully cut each squash lengthwise in half. Wolfgang Puck,, "Start Thanksgiving meal with savory squash soup," 21 Nov. 2019 Out of the more than 200 listings, Bourdain's chef's knife netted the highest bid of $185,000, before the additional 25% buyer's premium of $46,250. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Anthony Bourdain's chef's knife sells for over $230,000 at auction," 5 Nov. 2019 Cut off the wide, flat sides of the flesh, about 1/4 inch on either side of the pit with a chef's knife. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Here's Your Step-by-Step Guide on How to Cut a Mango," 2 Aug. 2019 Buy the Basics The single most important cutting implement in any kitchen is the chef's knife, which comes in sizes between 6 and 14 inches. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy a Chef's Knife," 2 May 2012 There are three knives the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab says are essential for every home cook: a chef's knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife (also known as a bread knife). Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 Then, fold the dough in so the edges meet in the middle. Do it a second time, and then using a chef's knife cut the dough into thin strips. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine," 7 Jan. 2019 According to Chambers, a really sharp and well-maintained chef's knife can do everything in the kitchen, but is, perhaps obviously, most important for recipes that require a lot of chopping (like a Rainbow Veggie Bowl, page 88). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 7 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Wedding Registry," 16 Oct. 2018 One of the most important tools every kitchen should have is a really good chef's knife. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of chef's knife

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Chef's knife.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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