How to hold a knife

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Michelin star Chef Russel Brown takes us through How to hold a knife. A simple process that requires practice, this is used as a basic preparation for young Chefs and industry professionals as part of their basic training.

The first thing I want to do is show you how to hold a knife. I've got a couple of cooks knives here, the principals the same whichever side you're using.

You pick the knife up between your finger and thumb with your finger and thumb on the blade like so and then you curl three fingers around the handle and that just gives you a nice balance point and then when were working, when we're chopping were going to hold the knife like so like so and we're going to make a cradle with our hand so that our knife is running up and down the knuckle with your fingers tucked underneath out of harms way, so it's running the knife up and down the knuckle with the fingertips well out the way.

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Editor 11th May 2017

How to hold a knife