Insider Chef Secrets Wow Your Favorite Dishes

Using techniques honed by restaurant chefs, you can make dinners that will wow your family and friends.

| February 12, 2010

  • Cutting vegetables
    Cutting vegetables for a delicious stir-fry. Legg
  • To taste test the tomato sauce is a cook's privilege.
    Taste testing the tomato sauce is a cook's privilege. Carlos de la Calle Velez

  • Cutting vegetables
  • To taste test the tomato sauce is a cook's privilege.

Falls Church, Virginia – Most people in the United States eat 21 meals per week. Even when focusing just on dinner, it can be quite difficult to come up with seven tasty meals, each and every week. If you know some of the insider chef secrets, however, many of the standby meals that you create regularly can become tastier and more interesting. While these secrets may seem like small things you can do, they can make a big difference in the final dish.

“There is a reason why a dish you make at home seems to taste so much better in a restaurant,” says Rahman “Chef Rock” Harper, celebrity chef and adjunct culinary instructor at Stratford University. “Chefs prepare things in a manner that can make a regular dish seem more like a gourmet one. But you can easily do these same things right at home.”

And Chef Rock should know – he was the Season Three winner of the popular show “Hell’s Kitchen.” It was his cooking methods that landed him the winning spot on the show and the prizes that came along with it. If you want to take your food skills to the next level, keep some of these insider chef secrets in mind:

● When it comes to chopping, start by folding up a slightly damp towel and placing it under the cutting board. This will keep the board from moving around, and will help reduce the risk of injury to your fingers.

● If you are cutting items like carrots, first cut them in half lengthwise, then put the flat edge onto the cutting board to start chopping. This will make the process easier and safer.

● When using salt, many chefs opt for sea salt, which is believed to be healthier. If you happen to over-salt something, add a dash of vinegar to balance it out.

Karen Grosheim
4/9/2010 3:13:43 PM

I am suprised that the author thinks food at restaurants taste better than home cooked meals. I find quite the opposite. I have a hard time finding food in a restaurant that comes any where close to home cooked food. The real trick to good food is to use fresh ingredients, not boxes or pouches. If you want good, you must use fresh and that includes herbs and seasonings.

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