Chef shares how to chop onions – and how it needs to be done ‘six times’

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One of the most basic cooking skills is chopping an onion – so it's surprising how many of us get it totally wrong.

Michelin-trained chef Poppy O'Toole, known to her 1.4 million TikTok followers as Poppy Cooks, responded to a question from a fan about how to finely chop an onion properly.

Promising her trick would "change your life", Poppy shows how it is really done and says: "This is one of the first techniques you learn when becoming a chef."

In a video demonstration, Poppy first chops off the top of the onion and then slices it in half lengthways and peels it.

She warns not to slice through to the root and tells people to cut vertically "about six times".

"Then you warn to turn your onion and start chopping it, you want to use your knuckle as a protector or else you'll cut your fingers, and then you cut it just towards the root.

"And there you have a finely chopped onion."

The video has been watched more than 3 million times and viewers were incredibly impressed with the method, calling it a game-changer.

One fan said: "Oh my God I've always wanted to know this magic I've been doing it wrong the whole time by chopping both sides."

A second viewer commented: "Hahaha I love cooking and never did that. I just destroy the onion in pieces but this way is definitely better."

Other viewers recommend using a very sharp knife to cut the onion and said the blade would slip if the method was attempted using a blunt one.

This comes after Poppy revealed how to make perfect chip shop-style chips and left viewers' mouths drooling.

She also gave an eye-popping demonstration on how to make tender and buttery potato fondant that looked like a dream come true.

Poppy's fans have also raved about her crispy roast potato method, calling the recipe "unbelievable".

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