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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Never, ever, ever put a quality chef's knife in the dishwasher. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018 Using the side of a chef's knife, smash garlic cloves and remove peel. Eric Velasco,, "The best kitchen tools and how to use them," 27 Apr. 2018 The other two from Kikuichi Cutlery are a Japanese take on a Western-style chef's knife known as a gyuto, and a six-inch bunka for finer work. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018 The recurring theme is that the three key knives everyone must own are a chef's knife, a paring knife, and a bread knife. Joe Ray, WIRED, "You Need a New Kitchen Knife," 18 May 2018 Nothing is quite so nice as having a sharp chef's knife to prep your ingredients. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can find right now," 26 Mar. 2018 Peel onion and garlic with a paring or chef's knife. Eric Velasco,, "The best kitchen tools and how to use them," 27 Apr. 2018 Our favorite affordable chef's knife Any novice chef will know that a dull, cheap knife will lead to more work or worse, a cut finger. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 Amazon deals you can get before the weekend," 13 Apr. 2018 There are certain kitchen tools that are must-haves: chef's knives, wooden cutting boards and sheet pans. Becky Krystal, ajc, "Five cheap kitchen tools that make cooking and cleaning way easier," 30 Apr. 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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