Chef Gene’s Tips in Handling Knives

  • The most important tip is to chop slowly and carefully.
  • Always cut away from your body.
  • Make sure your hands are dry and the surface you’re working on is nonslip.
  • Make sure that you curl your fingers under on the hand holding the food.

This takes a while to get used to, but will become second nature with practice. If your fingers are curled under, the chances are good you will never cut yourself.


  • Watch what you’re doing at all times.
  • Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen when you’re working with knives!
  • Using your dominant hand, hold the knife firmly and, using a rocking motion, cut through the food.
  • The knife should not leave the surface you’re working on.

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