Skill level


Equipment you will need for this technique

Sharp knife

Chopping board

When learning to chop like a chef, start off slowly and proceed with care, making sure all your fingers - and your thumb - are clear from the blade as you cut. A sharp knife is essential.

-Hold the end of the celery stalk between your little finger and thumb.

-Place your other fingers on top of the celery.

-Angle the fingernail of your middle (or longest) finger and use that fingernail to guide and buffer the blade as it slices the celery.

-Meanwhile, with the hand holding the knife, ease the blade further up the celery with each cut, inching the fingernails of your other hand back accordingly.