How To Sharpen Your Knife Skills With Jacques Pepin | Dear Test Kitchen

  • Published on May 23, 2019
  • Legendary chef Jacques Pepin joins our Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen to demonstrate basic knife skills! READ MORE ►►
    Looking to brush up on a specific skill? We've got you covered:
    1:50 - How to Position Your Hands
    5:33 - How to Use a Chef's Knife
    8:29 - How to Use a Paring Knife
    13:24 - How to Supreme Citrus
    15:40 - How to Slice a Baguette
    16:46 - How to Dice An Onion
    19:38 - How to Cut Garlic
    24:00 - How to Chop Herbs
    25:53 - How to Chiffonade
    27:03 - More Techniques (Julienne, Brunoise, etc.)
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  • Adam Poll
    Adam Poll 8 hours ago +2

    Such great technique from such a charming man. A true legend.

  • Gabriel Holl
    Gabriel Holl Day ago +1

    If this guy Josh went to culinary school I would be shocked.. his knife skills are really poor.. I am just a lowly home cook, and my knife skills are not as good as Jaques, but much closer. Actually, how did this guy even get the job as test kitchen director?

  • AlergicToSnow
    AlergicToSnow Day ago

    Thank you. This was awesome. Learned a few to practice

  • Marie Hudgeons
    Marie Hudgeons 2 days ago +1

    There are not enough hours for Jacques to teach all he knows. He is brilliant in the kitchen...

  • Karlos B.
    Karlos B. 6 days ago

    As somebody who likes to make food casually at home Jacques Pepin is kind of an idol to me. So much good understated food and unassuming subtlety packed into his recipes. I recommend his spinach lasagna, it was killer.

  • Jim Deane
    Jim Deane 7 days ago

    God bless you, Jacque.

  • Dannysubliminal
    Dannysubliminal 7 days ago

    On-Yon! Who gets it?

  • Tanner Lewis
    Tanner Lewis 7 days ago

    Josh is a dweeb

  • John Doe
    John Doe 7 days ago

    People must remember that Jacques skills were born in a restaurant where speed was required. His comment about the amount of potatoes he could peel reflects this. Don't be discouraged if you never become lightning quick like Jacques. He had to be quick or find another job!

  • Patrick Stickel
    Patrick Stickel 8 days ago +1

    So satisfying to watch Jacques cook. What a master of his craft.

  • Vandrefalk
    Vandrefalk 8 days ago +1

    I read the title late at night and put the video aside to watch when I would have time to watch for "knife sharpening", but man.. this was awesome!! Wasn't what I thought it was, and I'm glad it wasn't! Thank you!

    • Food52
      Food52  5 days ago

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Luke Macann
    Luke Macann 9 days ago

    Why put a master with a nube? Or in English we call a twat. He does not deserve to be in the company of a culinary Orical.....Props to Moniseur Pipen for entertaining this fumbling wannabe apprentice. Sigh...

  • imiKah K
    imiKah K 9 days ago +12

    This kid starts off super confident and you just watch his face become more and more impressed until he finishes beautifully humble - the Jacques Pepin effect.

    • Clarence C
      Clarence C 6 days ago +1

      I have never seen a technique like at 23:59 before. His technique is much easier and faster as well. I'll definitely be using it when making mince garlic and herbs from now on!

  • Foodstuffs
    Foodstuffs 10 days ago +1

    Why does the "Test Kitchen Director" know so little? Good grief.

  • Felix Dam Nørgaard
    Felix Dam Nørgaard 10 days ago +1

    I have The same knifes as Jacques uses

  • VGScreens
    VGScreens 10 days ago +1

    I normally avoid channels like this for cooking related stuff, but Jacques has such a captivating persona I ended up watching the whole thing.

  • Freeda Peoples
    Freeda Peoples 10 days ago +2

    A million Thanks!!! Love Chef Pepin. Downloading forEVER!. What a great free gift to recieve! ❤❤❤❤💋💋💋😢 tears of JOY! Thank you!

  • Rolla Dean
    Rolla Dean 10 days ago +1

    i’ve been trying to master the rocking knife technique for years now, and after seeing
    Jacques do it i finally get it and can do it well. hell yes.

  • LL
    LL 11 days ago +1

    He is amazing 🍾🧘‍♀️

  • Northman
    Northman 11 days ago

    beta males=forever cringe. Jacques Pepin nice to see you still ticking you are an inspiration

  • Ayan Booyens
    Ayan Booyens 11 days ago +1

    I need a heart react for this video because I LOVE IT!

  • Itm Marl3au
    Itm Marl3au 11 days ago +1

    Love it

  • Ken Monroe
    Ken Monroe 11 days ago +1

    I've been learning from Jacques for 30 years. Thank you.

  • Justin Kernes
    Justin Kernes 11 days ago +19

    "I'm not as fast as you."
    "You don't drink enough wine ;)"

  • Aldous Yelxuh
    Aldous Yelxuh 11 days ago +3

    Josh, this was super brave. I can't imagine doing ANYTHING next to a 70 year master of an art form let alone cooking where everyone thinks they are a contender for best of the year. ;) The hat is off to you good sir. this was really fun to watch.

    • Food52
      Food52  5 days ago

      Glad you enjoyed, Aldous!

  • Aldous Yelxuh
    Aldous Yelxuh 11 days ago +1

    I LOVE seeing the close shots of Jacques' hands. A true master and a wonderful intimate glimpse into what 70 years of artistry will produce.

  • NoDaUther1
    NoDaUther1 11 days ago +2

    Older knowledgable people that are willing to share life skills are awesome and so intersting. Thank you.

  • somatder
    somatder 12 days ago +1

    this is absolutely spectacular. What a master. Everybody interested in cooking should watch this - so many great techniques to learn

  • Nicholas Pfau
    Nicholas Pfau 12 days ago +1

    Talk to the camera son in law.

    • Ayan Booyens
      Ayan Booyens 11 days ago +1

      Nicholas Pfau that son in law was a giant. like gandalf and the hobbits

  • Sam Chen
    Sam Chen 12 days ago

    The legend is legendary in the details

  • DickOswald
    DickOswald 12 days ago

    Im a home cook and my knive skills are much better than that guy

  • Pedro Leval
    Pedro Leval 12 days ago +1

    Chef Jaques Pépin si à gréât teacher

  • lexica510
    lexica510 13 days ago +6

    Jacques: "The first thing is that you peel that cucumber."
    Josh: *does not peel cucumber*

  • nlbhaduri
    nlbhaduri 13 days ago +1

    I am so impressed with the wonderful Jacques Pepin! I think the reuse of food scraps should really be driven home because it seems to me that a lot of food is wasted today. Jacques, you are brilliant, sweet, funny and sexy! Thank you Josh for having this MASTER on your show!

  • ragweed1217
    ragweed1217 13 days ago

    This one episode is worth 10 years of study!!

  • Tom Nohmy
    Tom Nohmy 13 days ago +3

    I'm guessing to sharpen ur knife skills, u first need a sharp knife.

  • Jan Borský
    Jan Borský 13 days ago

    why is it called how to sharpen a knife when there is almost nothing about sharpening??

  • ragweed1217
    ragweed1217 13 days ago

    Mr. Pepin is not one of the best, he is the BEST!!

  • woof
    woof 13 days ago

    Hey Kid - shhhhh. Your in the presence of greatness. This is a man who’s spent more time at a chopping board than you’ve been alive. Please stop telling him about the things they taught you at culinary school.

  • brandon lantier
    brandon lantier 13 days ago +1

    Love this man! Wish Julia was still with us when they cooked together it was magic, learned so much from them both.

  • James Patton
    James Patton 13 days ago

    Get this man his own show NOW 😊

  • sp10sn
    sp10sn 13 days ago

    Thumbs up this video on account of Jaques Pepin's gentleman demeanor and masterful technique. Ignoring everything else from this channel due to the pubescent fool that runs the 'test kitchen'.

  • Shannon
    Shannon 13 days ago +4

    more of Jacques techniques and tricks of the trade encore encore

  • shmaveyea
    shmaveyea 13 days ago +1

    Thank you. I came at 22:03

  • ash G.
    ash G. 14 days ago

    I wish my knives were as sharp as when I got them :(

    • ash G.
      ash G. 11 days ago +1

      @Ayan Booyens I'm getting a chefs choice 15 degree manual sharpener until I can afford to get a set of stones and angle guides.

    • Ayan Booyens
      Ayan Booyens 11 days ago

      ash G. the pro's sharpen their knives every day. like the honing rod to "straighten the teeth" and a stone to shape it. I bought a stone with a fine grain side (don't have a rod yet) and i shapen my knife with that everytime I use it (sure thats like once a week haha) and its really a game changer!
      mostly I just like to cut see-through slices of tomatoes to show my friends or do the trick with the arm hair (kidding)(sorta) but now I've got some new things to practice...

  • Tom Hogan
    Tom Hogan 14 days ago

    A true legend of a chef in the food world!

  • Cooking with Jeff
    Cooking with Jeff 14 days ago

    Dude. Control the nervous laughter

  • Jimbo Jones
    Jimbo Jones 14 days ago

    ' This guy epitomizes 'Magic through sweat' :)

  • esef 19
    esef 19 14 days ago

    What a great master class. Best knife skill lesson from a legend. Absolutely love Jacques Pepin.

  • ncooty
    ncooty 14 days ago

    What a dear man.

  • Recco Con
    Recco Con 14 days ago

    Ok --"test kitchen". With Jacques as a guest. It's more like
    "Let's see whats up", "Ok, let's start from the beginning, just the basics".

  • Justin Chaney
    Justin Chaney 14 days ago

    Good job ripping off “test kitchen” from Bon Appetite

  • brenda crawford
    brenda crawford 14 days ago

    I absolutely enjoyed this 👏🥰

  • CeeCee Nunya
    CeeCee Nunya 14 days ago

    Oh, geez. @27:28... I've been peeling carrots and potatoes incorrectly my whole life! Lol!! 😂🥕🥔

    • Food52
      Food52  12 days ago

      Ha, there's so much to learn from Jacques!

  • Steven H Gomez
    Steven H Gomez 14 days ago

    Why am I watching this no one try to keep up with Pepin?

    • Steven H Gomez
      Steven H Gomez 14 days ago

      #boycott these people trying to gentrify French cooking.

  • nikola_tesla
    nikola_tesla 14 days ago

    Jacques is truly a master of his craft -- if only this kid would use the opportunity to learn, rather than trying to show off his lack of knowledge with pointless interjections.
    It's like if you had 30 minutes with Stephen Hawking, and kept telling him how good you were at high school physics. Just ask questions and learn ...

  • Appleseed
    Appleseed 14 days ago

    Want more.

  • Ted Bailey
    Ted Bailey 14 days ago +9

    Pepin is a true master. I learned so much from watching his PBS shows.

  • w garcia
    w garcia 14 days ago +1

    My favorite chef of all time.... Add some salt and pepper..

  • North Olympics
    North Olympics 14 days ago

    Whatever. Skin pigs in nw logging country. Have same skill on my own. Learned in 3 years.