Your chopping skills are on point. You can fillet a fish like a pro. You can even tell the doneness of a steak by feel. But there’s always another technique to master. Here, star chefs share the skills that they think every home cook should know.
How to make mayonnaise. “If you come to my kitchen to do a stage, there are three things you have to do: You have to brunoise carrot, celery and onion; you have to chop chives; and you have to make mayo,” says chef Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin. “I love mayo and think everyone should know how to make it. My favorite method is with the robot coup, but I also make a lot with an immersion blender.”
How to make an omelet. “I think it’s a skill that requires a lot of restraint and delicacy,” says Aimee Olexy of Philadelphia’s Talula’s Garden. “The equipment needed is simple, but things happen very quickly when you’re making an omelet. There’s a level of patience required. A good one shows that you understand protein and how to choose great ingredients.”