Hello all! I am 26 and started cooking at home about 5 years ago. I have never been to culinary school or many cooking classes, so forgive me if I sound like an idiot sometimes. I am obsessed with all things culinary/cooking related and just now thought about joining a "cooking forum." I live in South Texas and just spend the weekend in San Antonio where I had an awesome dinner at Francesca's at Sunset in the Westin La Cantera. I also went to a cooking demo (not so great) at Williams-Sonoma yesterday. Today they had a Knife Skills technique class which I found very interesting. I ended up buying a Shun Kaji chef's knife after testing out (cutting celery) with 6 different knives (western and asian style). I read many reviews on the way home (while hubby was driving), and have to say, I am pleased with my purchase. I use alot of veggies in cooking, so I thought this would be a better all-purpose knife for me than my J.A. Henckals (spelling?) set, although I do like the bread knife and the steak knives in that set. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. Talk to you all soon!