Hi, I'm Luke Mangan, and from all my years in the kitchen, I can tell you this. One of the most important things you can do is get yourself some good-quality kitchen equipment. And the new expanded range of Coles MasterChef knives is a great place to start.
In the set is a large cook’s knife that's perfect for everyday chopping tasks. The blade is curved so it's also great for getting that chop-and-rock motion going for herbs.
The MasterChef large santoku knife is slightly smaller and the blade is thinner with a straight edge. This makes it great for precise cutting. There's also the small santoku knife with a slightly shorter blade. Again, that straight edge, perfect for slicing and dicing.
There are two steak knives in the range and they have that serrated edge for cutting through cooked meat easily. They're also perfect for fruit with firm skin and soft flesh. Think tomatoes, peaches.
The MasterChef paring knife is a great all rounder. It has a sharp point that's made for delicate cutting and scoring.
And this is the big one, the MasterChef cleaver. It has a large heavy-duty blade that gives you more power. This is what you need for those big jobs like cutting pumpkins.
Also in the range of the MasterChef kitchen scissors. These are great for your quick shopping needs and essential for big jobs like dividing up a whole chicken.
And finally we have theMasterChef mini chopper. It has a glass bowl and a stainless steel blade for chopping veggies, herbs, nuts, you name it, and it's perfect for making your own pesto or mayonnaise, which will definitely make your salads extra special over the entertaining season.
Now it's important to know how to look after your equipment. All the knives in the collection are dishwasher safe, but to avoid dulling the blades it's best to handwash them carefully using mild soap and warm water. Remember to always take extra care handwashing sharp knives to avoid cuts.
To store your knives safely, I suggest the MasterChef knife block. It's made from durable rubber wood and has two compartments to hold your scissors and knives safely. It's available for purchase separately from Coles while stocks last so make sure you get in quick. The large size of the cleaver means you'll need to store it in a separate holder or sheet.
So there you have it. That's the complete set perfect for all your cooking needs. For more ways to use a collection, click on the videos below.