Try to stay sharp
"The basic knife skills should be mastered. Chopping, dicing, mincing, julienne -- you have to know those."
Do better than bagged salad mix
"I think that you should be able to make a simple salad, like something nice and fresh with red bell peppers, a cheese, and olives."
Learn to mind your meats
"Learning how to cook a steak is really important. I'd say start with a skirt steak, medium-rare, because that's pretty easy. Well, I mean, it's easy for me, but…"