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Food Quiz: Match Kitchen Wits Against Anthony Bourdain!

Do you know the tricks to give your dishes the Bourdain touch? Quiz yourself with top cooking tips from the master himself.

1. Of all the knives in the world, according to Bourdain which one do you REALLY need?

A. Utility knife

B. Ginsu knife

C. Chef’s knife

1. Of all the knives in the world, according to Bourdain which one do you REALLY need?

C. Chef’s knife. One good, professional-quality chef’s knife will take you far. Professionals usually carry one chef’s knife — and maybe an offset serrated knife for bread or tomatoes. All those silly utility and specialty knives are generally useless.

2. How do they make those cool sauce designs at expensive restaurants?

A. Special ladles

B. Ballistically designed spoons

C. Plastic squeeze bottles

2. How do they make those cool sauce designs at expensive restaurants?

C. Plastic squeeze bottles. The simple plastic squeeze bottle — the same one you see filled with ketchup at the roadside burger joints — is all you need to make designs that look complex.

3. How do you get those elegant swirls on dessert plates?

A. A carnival spin-art machine

B. Sable-tipped paintbrushes

C. A toothpick

3. How do you get those elegant swirls on dessert plates?

C. A toothpick. Drag a simple wooden toothpick through rings or lines of sauce (which you’ve applied with the squeeze bottle). It's that easy!

4. How do you create an elegant, Food Network-worthy stack of food?

A. A metal ring

B. Marine adhesive

C. A degree in engineering

4. How do you create an elegant, Food Network-worthy stack of food?

A. A metal ring. Start with a simple metal ring (available at restaurant supply stores) or a length of PVC pipe. Fill the ring with, say, mashed potatoes, tamp it down, and slip off the ring. Pile the rest of the food carefully on top.

5. How do you create extra fancy, extra tall food displays?

A. Whip in air so it looks fluffier.

B. Balance it all end-to-end, and hope for the best.

C. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

5. How do you create extra fancy, extra tall food displays?

C. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs. After carefully piling the meat and vegetables on top of artfully shaped mashed potatoes, for instance, simply jam in a sprig or bouquet of fresh herbs into the stack.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest