05/24/2010 07:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Get Culinary Confidence: 10 Tips, Tricks and Techniques from the Experts that Every Aspiring Chef Should Know

Cooking can go from being fun and engaging to stressful and frustrating if you're a kitchen novice. Between obscure ingredients, kitchen utensils that resemble torture instruments and the pressure to choose the perfect wine, the kitchen can definitely be a place of confusion. Luckily, we've been working with established chefs, sommeliers and mixologists who are dishing out their best tricks of the trade for beginning cooks, winos and bartenders. Here are their top 10 culinary tips: