Culinary Experts Recommend These Helpful Cooking Tips. If you’re one of the many people that took up cooking as a pandemic-hobby, you know how advanced some recipes and techniques can seem. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of tips available to make your time spent in the kitchen much more enjoyable. . Here are 10 helpful tips that are taught in culinary school, as shared by professional chefs. . 1. Make sure you are keeping your knives sharp. 2. Dry your meat and fish before cooking. 3. Brine meat before cooking to add flavor. 4. Use a dough scraper, not a knife, to scrape food off of your cutting board. 5. Add baking soda to your tomato sauce to lower its acidity. . 6. Always preheat your oven, grill, stove and skillet. 7. Put an avocado in a paper bag with a banana to speed up the ripening process. 8. Don’t overheat your oils, as it can ruin the flavor. 9. Don’t waste your food scraps — use them to make soup stock. . 10. Rescue over- salted foods with butter, lemon juice, vinegar or water.