Brendan McDermott
Craftsy Instructor

Chef Brendan McDermott's culinary technique was honed at acclaimed New York City restaurants, and his knife skills classes have been lauded by New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Today, he is a highly sought-after instructor, both at Chicago's Kendall College and here on Craftsy, where he also teaches Complete Knife Skills and 20 Essential Cooking Techniques.

Brendan's Craftsy Classes

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20 Essential Cooking Techniques

Embrace stress-free cooking and learn 20 techniques that will elevate everyday meals. Start by learning how to enhance flavors by toasting spices and nuts and clarifying butter for bright additions to any recipe. Next, learn techniques for making perfect eggs, including scrambled, hard-boiled and poached, and even master a folded French omelet with delicate green peppers and a hint of fresh thyme! Then, find out how to properly blanch and shock your favorite vegetables to preserve color, flavor and nutrition. You’ll even learn how to use scraps and save time by making your own chicken and vegetable stocks. Finally, always cook your protein to a perfect doneness, as Brendan demonstrates how to fillet and cook fish, tie up a whole chicken and even brown a mouthwatering pork tenderloin.

$19.99 $29.99

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Complete Knife Skills

Become faster and more accurate with your knife work, and create dishes that cook evenly and look truly professional. Guided by chef Brendan McDermott, you’ll explore proper hand placement and the four fundamental cuts. Learn to dice, mince and julienne a range of produce. Find out how to chop herbs without bruising them or losing flavor, and never again cry when cutting an onion. Uncover Brendan’s favorite shortcuts for working with butternut squash, pineapple, chiles, citrus and more. Discover the four knives every chef needs in their kitchen, and finish the course with a lesson on honing and sharpening your knives at home!

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25 Essential Grilling Techniques

Get ready to learn 25 essential techniques that will have you grilling your best meals yet in no time! Join professional chef, cooking instructor and Craftsy favorite Brendan McDermott in this exciting mini-class as he shares his tried-and-true grilling tips and tricks and recipes that are sure to please. Start by exploring the pros and cons of both gas and charcoal grills. Then, get Brendan's take on what fuel is best for your grill and find out how to start your fire in a flash! Next, Brendan walks you through several ways to cook chicken on the grill, including under foil-wrapped bricks for amazingly juicy results. Moving on, find out how to grill the best burgers and sausages around and how to cook steak so that it's juicy and tender every single time. Brendan even shares his tips for grilling fish and vegetables to perfection. Finally, whip up a delicious grilled peach dessert that's sure to become a family favorite. 

 

$14.99 $24.99

Brendan's Projects

Slice and Dice a Variety of Vegetables
lemongrass chicken stew
Cutting Butternut Squash
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