Sharpening My Skills Literally – San Francisco Cooking School

by Kitchen Ladies


This past Saturday I spent the morning at the San Francisco Cooking School in a “Knife Skills” class and all I can say is that you San Franciscans are so lucky to have this gem in your own backyard. I am truly going to miss this place when we pack up to move back east in a few weeks. The list of classes is incredible, and I only wish I had more time as I would certainly sign up for the 6 week Cooking Fundamentals along with many other classes.

Why did I pick knife skills? Well, I think that it is probably one of the most basic fundamentals that can make life in the kitchen move a whole lot faster and more efficiently. Honestly, I just wanted to learn how to properly cut an onion!

Our instructor David Groff – who has worked all over the city including the famous Zuni Café – was not only completely entertaining,  but also very detail oriented. The hours flew by in his class. We learned basic principles – everything from grip and stance to picking the knife that is right for you. We practiced on onions, celery, leeks, carrots, zucchini, potatoes and cabbage, and learned everything from a rock cut, cross cut, to julienned and chiffonade. At the end we were sent home with all of our fresh cuts and a recipe to make a minestrone soup. We even got a demonstration on how to make homemade pesto without a food processor – he was done faster than I could have pulled out my Cuisinart and popped in the blade!

I absolutely loved the class and learned so much and bottom line. Just like anything else, in order to be great at something you must practice, practice, practice. So send me over that box of onions to dice!

xo Mama Ferg

Classes at the San Francisco Cooking School

knife skills collage