chef's knife

noun

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 Chavez-Garza is a master with his chef's knife, trimming, dicing and grilling the carne to perfection, then slicing the bell peppers and onions for that ultimate complement. Marco Torres, Chron, 4 Aug. 2022 This Wüsthof 8-inch chef's knife is razor-sharp and super versatile. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 Which is harder to handle: Valyrian Steel or a chef's knife? Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 There are tons of quirky original ideas here too, everything from a young chef's knife and finger guard set to a stuffed cauliflower. Medea Giordano, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 Cooking without a nonstick skillet is like trying to get through a recipe without a chef's knife. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 8 Feb. 2022 With bench scraper or chef's knife, cut dough lengthwise in half, pressing straight down and not dragging the blade. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 One at a time, mark each log at 1/2-inch intervals and working with a chef's knife, cut them into rounds. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 But a great chef's knife and paring really should be top of mind. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chef's knife

1893, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

16 Aug 2022

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“Chef's knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chef%27s%20knife. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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