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Cutting Up in Knife Class (Wall Street Journal)

By: The Wall Street Journal
July 01, 2013

In a Knife Skills 1 class taught at ICE, Ralph Gardner Jr. learns basic knife techniques from knife expert, Brendan McDermott, like chopping onions to avoid crying, cutting garlic for maximal flavor and how to save money by turning leftover vegetables scraps into a gourmet stock.

"There was a time, not that long ago, when knife skills referred to being able to handle yourself in any situation. But the world has changed. Whereas promising college graduates once wanted to work for Davis Polk or Goldman Sachs, now their most fervent dreams involve chopping salad in sweltering restaurant kitchens in deepest Brooklyn."

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