Good knife skills are important, largely because the size, shape and consistency of each cut determines cooking time, and thereby the taste, texture and presentation of a dish. Imagine how carrots taste, look and feel differently when sliced, chopped or minced. Or of how garlic is so incredibly different when whole, sliced, chopped, minced or smashed. Practicing knife skills is a mentally and spiritually therapeutic exercise. Take the opportunity to appreciate the rhythm of your work and the beauty of both the knife and the food.