Cook Like a Seasoned Pro

The hosts of The Kitchen are digging deep into their culinary backgrounds -- and giving you their best tips, tricks and techniques.

Episode: Seasoned Pros

Geoffrey Zakarian shares his Iron Chef Starter Kit, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Geoffrey Zakarian's Iron Chef Starter Kit Gift

What you'll need:

  • Wicker basket
  • Kosher salt
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Mediterranean spice blend
  • Canola oil (in a squeeze bottle)
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil

How to:

  1. Place the ingredients in the wicker basket.
  2. Keep on countertop for quick and easy access while cooking.

Katie Lee shares "Tips from a Fish Monger," as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Katie Lee's School of Fish

How to shop for fish:

  • Eyes: Look for clear, full eyes with black pupils.
  • Skin: Check for moist, unbruised and shiny skin.
  • Smell: Should smell like the sea--fresh and mild.
  • Frozen Fish: Thaw fattier fish in the refrigerator for a few hours before cooking. Flakier fish can be cooked right from frozen.
  • Fresh Fish: Shop depending on where you live and what you have access to.

Sunny Anderson shares party planning plate tips, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Sunny Anderson's Party Planning Plate Tips

To help you prep for your party and make sure you have enough food for everyone, follow these foolproof portion size tips.

  • Appetizers: 5 to 6 per person
  • Proteins: 8 ounces per person
  • Pasta: 8 ounces per person
  • Non-Starchy Veggies: 4 ounces per person
  • Starchy Veggies: 4 ounces per person
  • Dessert: 1 slice per person
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks: 16 ounces per person

Jeff Mauro shares the best way to build a sandwich, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Jeff Mauro's Build a Better Sandwich Guide

You can build a perfect sandwich by following a few simple steps.

  1. Smear Here Not There: Make sure your spread or condiment is smeared in a thin layer. Remember, spreading the condiment from crust to crust is a must! Do not place the spread on both pieces of bread; place it only on the top piece of bread. Double smearing can cause sandwich slippage.

  2. Refine Your Ratios: Be sure to have a proportional meat-to-cheese-to-bread ratio. Do not overdo it; add 3 to 4 ingredients maximum.

  3. The Build-Up: Properly layer your sandwich by placing one slice of bread (without any spread or condiment) on the bottom. Add your cheese slices, allowing them to slightly drape over the edges of the bread. Next, ribbon your meat slices and add them on top of the cheese to create height. Add your tomato slices on top of the meat. To finish up your sandwich, add your spread to the top piece of bread and use it as glue for your greens to stick to. Add the bread to top off your sandwich and slice in half.

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