What are the 12 skills of cooking?

Save time and plates with dinners in a pot (or pan). We've put together a list of 25 key skills that every beginning cook should know to gain confidence in the kitchen. The cornerstone of so many dishes, learning to chop an onion efficiently can speed up the preparation of endless dinner. Take a few minutes and learn to cut like a pro with our video of how to chop an onion below.

We've also been discussing ways to keep tears at bay; apparently, sucking on a teaspoon while you sting will keep your eyes dry. Keep raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Make sure raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs are cooked to the right temperatures. Don't leave food at room temperature for more than 2 hours; 1 hour if the room temperature is above 90°F (32°C).

The BBC's Good Food website has a handy video on knife techniques so you can chop and mark with confidence. Let's find out what skills a school cafeteria cook really needs to succeed in the workplace. Nowadays it seems that more and more young adults are growing up without cooking skills beyond pressing the microwave button. When you've mastered chopping onions, it's time to expand your knife skills and learn how to cut, cut, slice thinly and more.

It's a shame, because everyone should have a set of basic cooking skills by the time they leave home and can make their way in the world. One of the best ways to gain the skills needed to be a school cafeteria cook is to take an online course.