7 Easy, Life-Changing Kitchen Hacks From Chicago's Top Chefs

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
Chefs make everything look easy. Come on, how does anyone churn out 30-something perfectly seared and plated fillets of tuna a night without having a nervous breakdown, setting off the fire alarm every 10 minutes, or both? No discredit to decades of experience, Le Cordon Bleu training, and what we can assume are once-singed eyebrows, but we bet that it's many top chefs' super-simple and completely genius cooking hacks that have something to do with their culinary cool.

So, we tapped seven savvy Chicago chefs for their favorite tips and tricks. From the secret to chopping onions without crying (no, seriously!) to upping the flavor of any dish, these clever solutions will change your kitchen — and, tastebuds — forever.