How To Master 5 Basic Cooking Skills | Gordon Ramsay



We’ve compiled five previous videos into one, helping you to master your basic skills in the kitchen. Cooking rice, chopping an onion, sharpening a knife, …

  1. That rice cooking technique is a no no usually, at least how we cook it. It is only used when we have less time.

    The perfect way to cook rice would be to use extra water, let it come to boil using a lid, then let it boil in the open for some time and then simmer. When rice is cooked, drain the water that contains extra and unwanted starch and you’ve got perfect and fluffy rice where no grain sticks to another. Flavors are rarely used in day to day cooking, but salt is also a no no for plain rice for us.

    I am not saying it is wrong. Many people use this technique, but for me, this does not produce the best possible cooked rice. The addition of flavours are nice when you have an extravagant preparation. Not very useful in day to day use. The idea behind rice is that it helps blossom the taste of the fries, curries, or whatever you are having, so plain rice is the best rice for me.

  2. The rice is soggy and over-cooked. I can make a better basmati rice that is FAR more light and fluffy. The secret after cooking is to rinse with cold water after cooking, then a kettle of boiling water immediately before serving…Try it, Gordon!

  3. Worked in a kitchen years ago.
    There wasn't a single sharpening steel in the whole restaurant.
    When I asked why the chef said to me "because you haven't got a clue how to use it!"
    I disagreed. Having juts gone to school and learned how there.
    He showed me just how badly I'd been trained and then told me if I wanted to learn he would teach me. But under no circumstances was I allowed to use one in the restaurant.
    After every shift he would inspect, clean and sharpen all knives himself.
    Even the ones I owned personally.
    I never heard of another chef doing this before.. or since..
    But he was right.
    I was clueless. My knives were SO much better after he started sharpening them with his high quality water stones.

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