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6 Essential Kitchen Skills to Master, According to Alex Guarnaschelli

The Cooks vs. Cons judge shares some of the must-know techniques that will help you feel confident in the kitchen, just like a professional chef.

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Alex's Best Advice

"I don’t think that the best things for home cooks to master are the most complicated. In fact I think the opposite. I think they should be the simplest things that get repeated in many, many places, and that way you look really skilled even if you don’t know a lot of stuff," she tells us of mastering basic skills and recipes. "And that’s how you look like a cook, but you’re actually a con." Check out six must-master techniques, and get some of her top recipes. 

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Begin with the Basics

"I think knife skills are an obvious place [to start]."
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Stick with Essential Ingredients

"If you are not handy with an onion or garlic cloves, that’s something that would be good to master 'cause they’re ingredients that go into so many recipes."
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Embrace Fishy Business

"Knowing how to cook a good piece of fish on the stove and searing it and not being afraid of hot oil and just really searing that fish and not overcooking it."
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