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For amateur cooks, stepping inside the kitchen can result in an eclectic menu of anxiety, food in need of some serious salt, or potentially, a lesson in fire safety.
To all those home cooks seeking redemption in 2011, Chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s "Worst Cook in America" and "Restaurant Impossible," is here to help the cause.
With just a handful of easy rules and techniques, Chef Irvine believes that even the most culinarily challenged can become more kitchen saavy in the New Year.
Now, go forth and show that risotto who's boss. (Hint: it's you.)
Five Things You Must Master to Become an Expert Cook in 2011: Robert Irvine
2. Learn how to cook vegetables.
3. Take the time to learn basic knife skills.
4. A blender is a cook’s best friend.
5. Understand temperature control.
Experts: Any more tips for the amateur cook? And amateurs: Are there any particular dishes you can't master? Let us know and if it's a recurring trend, we might help you out in an upcoming feature.
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