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Culinary Pro or Average Joe? Let’s Find Out!

Do you think you’re a culinary pro? If so, it’s time to prove it!

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I love to spend time in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter if it’s baking sweet treats or whipping up a savory casserole, cooking is definitely one of my most favorite hobbies.

However, I am certainly no chef. I have no formal training, and everything I know I taught myself.

Though sometimes I do get a little caught up. See, I watch a ton of Food Network shows. It’s usually silly stuff like Cutthroat Kitchen or Chopped. So at least I know I’d be able to whip something up if someone challenged me to create a dish from a basket of random ingredients.

But whether I’m pro chef material? That’s a whole other deal.

I do think I’ve learned a ton over the years thanks to my love of cooking shows, regardless of my lack of formal training. My cooking has improved the more I take in, but there’s still plenty more to learn!

What about you? Are you a big fan of cooking? You may be a whiz in the kitchen, but only a true culinary pro can ace this quiz. Test your culinary prowess with the quiz below.

  • If you are cooking food slowly in a small amount of liquid for a long time, you are:

    • Stewing
    • Sweating
    • Steaming
    • Steeping
  • A basic (but tasty!) pesto sauce is made of basil, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and which other ingredient?

    basil pesto
    • Pine Nuts
    • Tomatoes
    • Pepper
    • Parsley
  • What is a mycophile?

    • Someone who seeks and eats wild edible mushrooms
    • Someone who loves hunting wild game
    • An aspiring wine sommelier
    • A specialty chef trained in Mongolia
  • When a recipe calls for wine, you should probably avoid using cooking wine because it contains:

    cooking with wine
    • Salt
    • More alcohol
    • Sugar
    • Vinegar
  • Which of the following is not a shape of pasta?

    • Maniti
    • Tagliatelle
    • Orecchiette
    • Cavatappi
  • While cooking, if your rice is to wet, what should you do to fix it?

    white rice in a bowl
    • Uncover the pot
    • Turn up the heat
    • Stir the rice more often
    • Add salt
  • If you are cooking very gently in hot liquid kept just below the boiling point, you are:

    • Poaching
    • Parboiling
    • Pickling
    • Paring
  • Which of these cutting techniques produces the smallest pieces?

    different knives
    • Mincing
    • Macedoine
    • Brunoise
    • Parallel cutting
  • Which spice is not included in Chinese five spice powder?

    • Nutmeg
    • star anise
      Star anise
    • fennel seed
      Fennel seed
    • cinnamon
  • “En papillote” is a method of cooking in which food is baked inside of what material?

    • Parchment paper
    • Cheesecloth
    • Banana leaves
    • Corn husks
  • Only sparkling wine that is produced in Champagne, France, can be called “champagne”

    toasting with two champagne glasses
    • True
    • False
  • Before eating them, you have to clean and debeard:

    • Mussels
    • Shrimp
    • Clams
    • Oysters
  • Can you tell the difference? Which one of these is broccolini?

    • broccoli
    • broccoli rabe
    • romanesco
      Bon Appetit
    • broccolini
      The Spruce Eats
  • A mirepoix is a flavor base made from diced vegetables that includes all of the following except:

    • Tomatoes
    • Onions
    • Celery
    • Carrots
  • Italian parsley has curly leaves

    • False
    • True

Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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