How to Find the Perfect Chef’s Knife

The answer is simpler than you think.


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To put it simply, there is no kitchen tool more important than a good knife. In fact, many chefs wear their sharp knives as a badge of honor, an instrument that’s both useful and impressive. However, that doesn’t mean there is a universal perfect knife. In fact, your ideal knife may be totally different from someone else’s. So how do you find the right one? Tune into Larisa Alvarez’s Spaghetti-Cauliflower class on the Food Network Kitchen app to find out!

While she whips up a delicious pasta dinner, Larisa shows off her own knife collection and offers tips and tricks to find the best one for you. Her first piece of advice? To find your ideal chef’s knife, go to a kitchen store, try out the knives and find the right size and length for your hand. Larisa says she prefers a heavier knife with more weight, but it really comes down to personal preference.

Additionally, Larisa says that a great chef’s knife is worth the splurge. As she explains, a good chef’s knife can last you the rest of your life as long as you get it sharpened and store it correctly. Don’t spend too much on a bread knife, though — those will have to be replaced eventually. Lastly, Larisa recommends a smaller paring knife that you can easily manage. As long as you have those three, you can handle any cutting needs that come your way.

It might sound simple, but the right chef’s knife really will make a world of difference in your kitchen. As Larisa says, “finding the right knife makes things more enjoyable to cut and that will make you enjoy cooking more.” It sounds obvious but, when you think about it, the best food is always made by someone who enjoyed cooking it.

For even more tips and tricks, check out Larisa’s classes on the Food Network Kitchen app. She has more than 40 dishes for you to cook along with her, including everything from hearty burgers to summery sweets — and she offers tons of advice on kitchen tools and techniques along the way.

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