Knife skills: how to finely chop

When learning to chop like a chef, start off slowly and proceed with care, making sure all your fingers - and your thumb - are clear from the blade as you cut. A sharp knife is essential.

-Hold the end of the celery stalk between your little finger and thumb.

-Place your other fingers on top of the celery.

-Angle the fingernail of your middle (or longest) finger and use that fingernail to guide and buffer the blade as it slices the celery.

-Meanwhile, with the hand holding the knife, ease the blade further up the celery with each cut, inching the fingernails of your other hand back accordingly.

Recipes using this technique

Main course

Light meals & snacks


Starters & nibbles

Side dishes


Cakes and baking

Drinks and cocktails


Skill level


Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board