Quality knives top chefs’ list of cooking essentials

from the Daily Gazette on 3/21/16 – “With the busy lives that people lead these days, it’s always good to know the quickest and easiest ways to get things done in the kitchen. Three local chefs have shared the kitchen tools and resources that they find to be essential in their kitchens.

No. 1 on every chef’s list is a sharp knife. David Yanisko, an assistant professor of Culinary Arts at SUNY Cobleskill, specifies three knives that he deems necessary in his kitchen: an 8-inch chef knife, a 3- to 4-inch paring knife, and a serrated knife.

“All must be comfortable in your hand, and they should be balanced and sturdy and well-built,” he said, cautioning people against wasting money on infomercial-style knives that he believes simply do not last. As a cutting platform, Yanisko also considers two sturdy plastic cutting boards as must-have items. …”

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