Single most important kitchen skill?

Joined Dec 21, 2009
Chef Batali - thank you for your time in reviewing these questions, and this opportunity to ask one of you.

Of all the various skills required to present a completed dish - from beginning to end - from knowledge of ingredients, knife skills, cooking methods, portions and combining of ingredients and then to the presentation - what would you define as the single most important skill on which a aspiring or beginning chef to focus on and seek the most experience? I understand it's a total event, and experience in the various areas must be gained only by performing and living through the trials and errors, but if there was one single area that you would define as the most important skill, what exactly would that be?

Thank you for your time, Chef!

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