Tom Kerridge’s two skills to take you to the next level

The first guide in Tom Kerridge’s learn to cook series gave 10 essential kitchen skills to use as a springboard to becoming a professional standard chef. But what should you know when you want to complete the final push? Tom gives us two skills that will take you to the top.

Tom Kerridge’s two skills to take you to the next level

Tom Kerridge’s ten-step learn to cook series covered everything you need to improve your kitchen skills and work to a professional standard. But on top of his 10 core skills, he has another two that will see you through the final furlong.

Tom Kerridge’s two skills to take you to the next level

1. Understand layers of flavour

One of the most important parts of being a chef is having an awareness of balance of flavour, so everything from acidity, to texture, sweetness and saltiness. So if something is salty you can adjust it with texture, and if something is sour you can adjust it with sweetness. If you don’t have sugar, use an ingredient with sugar in it, such as dried fruit or red peppers, which will add a depth of flavour.


2. Time-management

Don’t try and cram everything into one kitchen session. Start preparing a big menu the night before, and leave things overnight to infuse or marinate. The most important thing is to relax.

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