Plus, learn three other knife skills that will make you look like a pro.

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Ready to step up your chef game? Whether you're just whipping up easy meals or ready to flaunt your Instagram-worthy creations on the internet, these are the 4 basic knife skills every cook needs to know to be safe, make stunning dishes and, of course, look like a pro when your friends are watching.

4 Knife Skills to Know

1. Get a Power Grip

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Cradle the knife in the crease of your hand, with your thumb and index finger around the junction where the blade and handle meet.

2. Be Efficient

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Keep the tip of the knife in one place and rock the knife up and down to slice. To mince, add a side-to-side motion, with the tip still in place.

3. Stop the Roll

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Cut off a small sliver on one side of a round vegetable or fruit so it will lie flat and won't roll away as you cut it.

4. Protect Fingers

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Curl fingertips inward to create a C-shape. You'll protect your fingertips, plus your knuckles act as a guide for the side of the knife to rest on as you slice.

This article originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016.