Is a cutting board really that important, you might ask? Yes, yes, and more yes. Just hear me out: you have that flashy chef’s knife. You're ready to whip up a meal in your favorite cast iron pan. How do you get started? You prep your ingredients. Yup, in comes the cutting board, and you'll want it to be a good one as you practice your chop, slice, and dice. That means it should last a long time, keep your knife intact, and not slide dangerously around the counter.