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Professional Knife Skills

Certify your chef knife skills and learn how to prepare food safely and quickly using professional knife training techniques.

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Professional Knife Skills

Boost your culinary skills with this chef knife skills training course

This course is designed for anyone who would like to improve their knife skills in the kitchen, be it a home or in a professional kitchen.

Alongside experienced chefs at the International Culinary Studio, you’ll learn everything you need to know about effective and safe knife cutting when cooking.

Study the different types of knives and how to use them

Knives are considered one of the most important tools for the chef in the kitchen, and chefs typically have a range of knives in their tool kit, each with a specific use.

On this course, you’ll learn about different types of knives and how to select a knife that is suitable to your needs.

You’ll also learn about knife maintenance, getting professional tips for caring for, washing, sharpening and correctly storing your knives and cutting equipment.

Learn the best knife cutting techniques to prevent injury

Using a knife incorrectly can result in serious injury. You’ll learn various safe knife cutting techniques that will ensure you can prepare food safely and effectively.

As well as building safe but fast knife skills, you’ll learn about age restrictions on certain cutting equipment and how to handle and carry knives correctly.

What topics will you cover?

  • Types of Knives
  • Different blades and their uses
  • Material used to make knives
  • Recommended knife brands
  • Cutting equipment
  • Parts of a knife
  • How to carry your knives
  • Knife Safety
  • How to sharpen your knives
  • Cleaning and maintaining your knives
  • Storing your knives and cutting equipment
  • Using large cutting equipment safely
  • Knife cutting techniques
  • Precision cuts

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the different types of knives and cutting equipment and uses
  • Explain the importance of correct and safe use of knives and cutting equipment
  • Describe the different ways to clean, maintain and store knives and cutting equipment
  • Identify relevant age restrictions specific to the use of cutting equipment
  • Demonstrate the ability to make use of various cutting techniques

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their knife skills for food preparation.

This course is suitable for foodies and home chefs, as well as those starting out in their professional cheffing career.

Who will you learn with?

Career Highlights
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Dignatries in Germany
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Managed large team of chefs
Culinary team chef
Teaching and educating chefs

Who developed the course?

International Culinary Studio

International Culinary Studio offers quality education online from any kitchen.

Join this course

Start this course for free, upgrade for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year.



Join free and you will get:

  • Access to this course for 4 weeks



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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • Access to this course’s tests as well as a print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible


$189.99 for one year

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  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
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  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year

Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Available until 22 November 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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