You don’t have to be the world’s fastest knife-thrower to carve a turkey, but it doesn’t hurt.
David Adamovich, aka “The Great Throwdini,” is certified by Guinness World Records for hurling 144 knives at a human target in just one minute. He even demonstrated his skills on the HuffPost Weird News team, including this fine-feathered reporter, who faced his blades in a holiday-appropriate turkey costume.
David -- or "Throw" as some friends call him -- learned his blade-wielding skills while training as a chef at Manhattan’s Institute for Culinary Education, which also makes him a master turkey-carver.
This Thanksgiving, when your loved ones are ready to gobble gobbler, these tips should serve you well:
"Let the turkey rest after you take it out of the oven," Throwdini says. "Then, use a good, sharp knife, find the joint, and cut right through. The leg should come right off."
If you are having trouble, just wriggle the drumsticks a bit, Throwdini says.
Now, it's time to focus on the white meat. "Cut the entire breast off in one piece, so that each person gets a nice chunk."
It's best to cut "against the grain, not with it."
The Guinness legend lives in Freeport, Long Island, where he and his family will sit down Thursday for a traditional meal
"I've always liked taking responsibility for cooking the T-meal and, of course, carving the turkey. It was something my father always did as he was the dominant cook in the family.
"This is the first year that I can recall that I've not taken charge and am going to a relative's house for this monstrous meal. She's making both a turkey -- at my direction in an oil-free fryer -- and a pork shoulder.
"There'll be plenty of over-eating and over drinking."
That's what Adamovich calls "excess within control."
And when you're the Great Throwdini, control is everything.
(H/T Mark Hartzman)