Culinary Arts

Method: Knife Skills

Gordon Ramsay

Lesson time 16:58 min

Knife skills: The basics are so important. Gordon shows you how to properly sharpen and hold these critical tools, and the best ways to practice and improve your knife skills.

Gordon Ramsay
Teaches Cooking I
Take your cooking to the next level in Gordon’s first MasterClass on essential methods, ingredients, and recipes.
Get All-Access

Transform your cooking

This is Gordon Ramsay like you've never experienced. The seven-star Michelin chef takes you into his home kitchen to learn everything from kitchen setup and buying the freshest ingredients to constructing unforgettable dishes. In this MasterClass, you're not just learning recipes, you're learning how to take your cooking to the next level.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I felt personal with Gordon Ramsey. It felt like he was just a person speaking to another person with his true passion showing .

I learned some fantastic skills for cooking proteins (learned so much breaking down the chicken and fish), and I loved the part about making your own pasta. Gordon's enthusiasm is contagious, and really made me want to get my hands dirty in the kitchen.

The class gave me an inside view of someone who was completely focused on pursuing his passion. Inspiring!

Thanks to this course, I learned some tips that I can use in the daily and that will save me a lot of time, but I also learned some special dishes, simple but that leave their mark. I am very happy to recommend it to everyone


Cary S.

This was terrific, but watching it felt scarier than a horror movie for me at times. In all of the close ups, I was viscerally and irrationally afraid that he'd slip and lose a finger.

A fellow student

I have a nice set of victorinox knives. The handles aren’t exactly heavy and n weight but they have a good feel.. keeping a blade sharp is vital . One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing someone deathgrip a knife handle and keep the index finger down on the spine if the knife blade... it looks like they’re trying to murder the food.


Could not help but notice that Ramsey changed knives while skinning the butternut squash.

Jake D.

What I don’t understand is that Gordon doesn’t realize is that honing a knife is different from shapenening. When you hone a blade what your doing is your realigning the edge so it’s more sharp. It’s just a temporary fix. When you sharpen your removing material from the blade to recreate a new edge. When I say sharpen that means your sharpening in a sharpening stone such as wetstones. When I sharpen I always sharpen on waterstones to about 6000 grit. You should really know the difference between sharpening and honing.

Graeme R.

This is superb! Chef Ramsey's explanations and demonstrations are masterpieces of lucidity and economy.

James E.

This lesson is almost worth the subscription price: knife skills, including honing, slicing and dicing safely are one of the most important foundational skills in a kitchen. I was invited to guest lecture with an experienced CIA graduate in a culinary program: I taught my group of students these skills and they were entirely unfamiliar with them. As Gordon Ramsay says: 'Watch Carefully.' I don't know a lot but I do know these things. Unsaid here is that honing is not enough; depending on level of use, these fine German knives benefit from professional sharpening and setting up on an annual (at least) basis.

Hannah D.

I am no longer intimidated on how to use knives to slice and dice properly.

Allie G.

You have confirmed what I knew from years of experience. It's good to hear it from the professional though !

Alex L.

I love his passion and energy. Every single vegetable he touches I fall in love with it! Gorgeous!

Pamela E.

I loved this lesson. It was wonderful to learn all of the subtle techniques that make a huge difference when it comes to welding a knife. After seeing it, I tested my own knifes to see how they fit in my hand and whether or not I found it easy to work with them while practicing the cutting motions. I cannot wait to share this information with other members of my family so we can all use knives with more confidence and safely.