Let me start by saying, I am by no means, a knife expert. But, I’ve used A LOT of different models in my day and know enough to provide you with the basics.
When it comes to kitchen tools, a good quality, sharp chef’s knife is a must. With a proper knife, cooking becomes more enjoyable, more efficient, and safer, PLUS, your food will look and taste better. Think about it. When you use an old dull knife or an improper knife (like a steak knife to chop a big onion), it gets messy, pieces are uneven and it takes longer to chop it up. With a sharp chef’s knife, you can slice straight through, covering the entire surface of the food, cutting more even pieces more efficiently. When your food is cut evenly, it cooks more evenly, creating a better quality dish.
So, how do you know which one to get? The best advice I can give you is to go to a cooking store, like Sur la Table and try them out. There are a ton of different brands, makes and models so it’s important to see them, hold them and use them in person. At Sur la Table, for example, they have a cutting board with potatoes and carrots for customers to test their knives. They also offer a Knife Skills class which provides you with 2 hours of slicing, dicing, chopping and knife swapping. (Even if you aren’t in the market for a knife, the Knife Skills class is awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to sharpen their knife skills).
So, what do I use?? I have this Global 7″ Chef’s knife (see pic). I like it because it is lightweight and well balanced, it’s big enough for big jobs (like chopping veggies) but not too big for small jobs (like peeling fruit) and it looks sleek.
No matter your style, a high quality chef’s knife is essential. Get one. I promise you won’t regret it.