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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Comments • 641

  • Stephanie Potter
    Stephanie Potter 19 hours ago

    Absolutely adore Chef Pepin! So skillful, knowledgeable and passionate about food, so frugal, not wasting any little scrap, such a kind, wonderful teacher, and just such a lovely, gracious, gentle person. Thank you, Chef, for all you've taught me over the years of watching you!

  • Rusty Boutilier
    Rusty Boutilier Day ago


  • Burcsi Kanov
    Burcsi Kanov Day ago

    What about the techniques to sharpen the knives?????

  • Isabella Gauthier

    Is it just me but that guy in blue shirt seems like a different person at the beginning and the end of the video

  • pastasalademmm pastasalade

    i have a pretty good knife but was afraid of sharpening it for srewing it up..... so it is quite blunt now….makes all the difference

  • pastasalademmm pastasalade

    i think most important the knife needs te be VERY sharp, like, not what we simple mortals think is sharp

  • pastasalademmm pastasalade

    83 years old?? what a condition!!

  • Phillip Bowman
    Phillip Bowman 2 days ago

    Wow....Jacques Pepin is an absolute treasure!

  • Kio Yoon
    Kio Yoon 2 days ago

    Fat kid slow learner...

  • Roma
    Roma 4 days ago

    He pretty much chops everything instead of slicing like what he says people should do 🤔

  • Cerise Jones
    Cerise Jones 4 days ago

    Not enough onyo

  • Sahdin Khan
    Sahdin Khan 4 days ago

    The host is unbearably stupid and annoying.

  • FullMetalTrucker
    FullMetalTrucker 4 days ago

    I have the same knife as Josh - Miyabi. Awesome knife for the price, IMO.

  • Pissy Soles
    Pissy Soles 4 days ago

    Man, Jaques rocked that garlic

  • 5sssnakeee3
    5sssnakeee3 5 days ago

    Does anyone know what brand of knife those are?

  • Brigid Laffey
    Brigid Laffey 5 days ago

    What a lovely 😊 man

  • Jay Moodley
    Jay Moodley 8 days ago

    awesome video

  • Justin Greene
    Justin Greene 10 days ago

    Jaques Pepin is pappy.

  • Maria T Mohrhoff
    Maria T Mohrhoff 12 days ago +1

    Great video, thank you learn a lot.

    • Food52
      Food52  9 days ago

      Glad you enjoyed watching, Maria!

  • Georgia Kenny
    Georgia Kenny 13 days ago +1

    Where did the time go? I enjoyed this so much it flew by!! I love this fella well both of them are lovely!! Very informative and great chemistry :o)

    • Food52
      Food52  9 days ago +1

      So glad you enjoyed watching, Georgia!

  • profiAcc
    profiAcc 14 days ago

    could you suggest some good quality medium price knives?

  • Patrick Doyle
    Patrick Doyle 14 days ago

    "you don't drink enough wine" [ be able to chop quickly]. -Jacques Pepin

  • irisfailsafe
    irisfailsafe 15 days ago

    An example of a Master

  • Garnet Fox
    Garnet Fox 16 days ago

    LOVE Jacques!

  • Jared Reinke
    Jared Reinke 16 days ago

    This is one of the best videos I have seen in so long.

  • Edmond Belliveau
    Edmond Belliveau 17 days ago +1

    6:39 I see Monsieur Pepin has played knifey-spooney before.

  • Cindy D.
    Cindy D. 17 days ago

    Keep your thumb on the apple or tomato so you do not cut your finger he has been teaching that for years. The kid said old school garnish the old school way is the best. Love Jacques he is old school but a classic and the best.

  • The Human Comedy
    The Human Comedy 17 days ago +1

    Jacques? 32 minutes? Yes.

  • Ra Leo
    Ra Leo 17 days ago

    Thank You

  • sambulls
    sambulls 18 days ago

    Jacques makes it look so easy

  • Eternal Love
    Eternal Love 18 days ago +13

    Josh confidently focuses more on the principles on what he learned from the school.
    Sir Pepin: watch how I do it, kid.

  • TrueBlueEG8
    TrueBlueEG8 19 days ago

    first you get good, then you get fast :)

    SAM BRICKELL 20 days ago


  • Elvis Knot
    Elvis Knot 21 day ago

    shame you couldn't find a chef to host Jacques Pepin.. Embarrassing

  • Kalle Klæp
    Kalle Klæp 21 day ago +2

    Oh, how I would like to meet this guy in person. I heard a lot of people "sharpen " their knives with a sharpening steel. NO! You DO NOT sharpen your knife with this thing! You merely straighten the edge as the master very well explains. And YES the knife has small "teeth" even if it's not serrated. Everyone that had a closer look at even a scalpel used for operating people knows that.
    Funny to see this young guy starts with a lot of confidence and gets more humble towards the Respect for the grandmaster of the kitchen Jacques Pépín.

  • TiTho
    TiTho 21 day ago

    In japanese kitchen you only sharpen one side if the knife sooo no its not everywhere the same

  • Shannon Ericksen
    Shannon Ericksen 21 day ago

    What a kind man! And a fantastic teacher! He is so patient. 84 years old!

  • sapachino
    sapachino 22 days ago


  • Sai Ram
    Sai Ram 22 days ago

    Excellent video, Thank you for sharing.

  • Cow Farts Bear
    Cow Farts Bear 22 days ago

    smugly, in my knowledge and practice, I didn't think I'd learn much, but I walked away with a lot of gems of knowledge.

  • Gig C
    Gig C 22 days ago


  • Kiera Lewellyn
    Kiera Lewellyn 23 days ago

    One of the best knife skills lessons ever! I like Jaques so much. He is awesome.

  • Michel Linschoten
    Michel Linschoten 24 days ago

    Could you please shut the fuck up dude. You’re there to observe, you tote your culinary schooling as actual skill.
    Jacque has forgotten more than you will ever learn in your lifetime about culinary techniques/cooking.

  • tbonds007
    tbonds007 24 days ago

    Thank you :-)

  • Jeoka Gem
    Jeoka Gem 25 days ago +1

    Cooking for 70 years already and still as deft and effortless with a blade as ever! Jaques Pepin is a culinary ROCK STAR!!!

  • Anders Estes Jacobsen
    Anders Estes Jacobsen 25 days ago

    Great content. What a legend. Would be better without music

  • David Corell
    David Corell 25 days ago +1

    Fun,sweet,and informative. Love the focus of the JPF. Well done.

  • C C
    C C 25 days ago +12

    The young dork makes the video almost unbearable to watch. Just shut up and let the master teach.

  • Black Diamond 100%
    Black Diamond 100% 27 days ago +2

    Jacques Pepin is LIFE!! He deserves a cooking award named for him!!

  • Life of Val
    Life of Val 28 days ago

    It doesn't get any better than this for knife skills. I'm forwarding this video to my daughter who's getting her PhD and is not abreast to cooking. Thanks Jacques. I think the word needs to get out via urban radio and churches about the open positions.

  • Martin
    Martin 28 days ago +2

    I used to cry like crazy when I cut onions until I bought a professional chef knife. No tears at all.

  • Borut Kovačec
    Borut Kovačec 28 days ago

    If I put the board so close to the edge half of my food falls down on the floor when cutting :/

  • kanakapono
    kanakapono 29 days ago

    Chef Pepin. Icon.

  • Justin Mielsch
    Justin Mielsch 29 days ago

    But my only nitpick is Japan high carbon steel knives you can’t treat the same way as softer steel

  • Michael Wall
    Michael Wall 29 days ago +1

    OMG I just became an instant fan of this great old chef

  • Eugene Cheng
    Eugene Cheng Month ago +2

    I love how he just casually does all these and I am just sitting here feeling "Wow!". Humbly impressive!

  • Jim Gutenkauf
    Jim Gutenkauf Month ago

    Jacques is a consummate pro. Who's this newbie with him?

  • Cynthia Weathers
    Cynthia Weathers Month ago

    I have been watching Jacques since he was with Julia Child. He is the best ever.

  • Eily Bergin
    Eily Bergin Month ago

    An oldschool garnish? 12:13 Really? I would call it a classic beautiful garnish... ts ts ts Cocky kid.

  • KiwiPokerPlayer
    KiwiPokerPlayer Month ago

    These are all great techniques, but they mostly won't be useful for the average home cook because they require a properly sharpened knife and home cooks have no idea how to use a whetstone. Most of them don't even have whetstones.