Cooking with JPost: No-tears onion dicing

Cutting an onion can be an uncontrollable tear jerking experience. Celebrity Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to chop an onion tear-free.

Cooking with JPost: No-tears onion dicing
Video: Eli Mandelbaum
Cutting an onion can be an uncontrollable tear jerking experience that can leave both you and your onion feeling rather miserable. Chef Yochanan suggests that both of you should go for a little counseling to patch up your emotional (or culinary) relationship.
What you will need
  • A whole onion
  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
Setting the stage
With the cutting board being the stage for this production of cuisine, make sure the onion is center-stage (in the middle of the board).
STEP TWO: Chopping machine
After slicing the onion in half, "you want to work like a machine," says Chef Lambiase- all uncut pieces on the left side of the board, cutting in the middle of the board, and the finished product always goes on the right.
If you are a lefty, the opposite is usually more comfortable.
Don't forget your roots
Make sure the root of the onion is facing away from you. Then, using the tip of the knife, slice towards your body beginning from the root. Then, turn the onion 90 degrees, and slice horizontally. Finally, depending on the size you'd like, slide the knife over and through the onion.
 After watching the video you can recreate that onion-y love affair once again.
Extra tip:
  • Don't press too hard, and make sure the knife is sharp.
About the chef
Chef Yochanan Lambiase heralds from five generations of chefs from Southern Italy. He trained under some of the most famous Michelin Star Chefs in the world. He was the founder of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute Chef Yochanan appears regularly on radio and television as well as contributing cooking articles. Now, through the videos of cooking with, Chef Yochanan will guide you through a tantalizing and trendy gourmet kosher experience Contact Chef Yochanan at [email protected] for information about his exciting culinary and wine tasting tours, cooking classes, culinary happenings and out of the box culinary events.