The article of Time magazine (June 23, 2014) titled “Don’t blame fat” says “New science reveals fat isn’t what hurting our health, and wraps up with the following sentence.
How we eat –whether we cook it ourselves or grab fast-food takeout – matters as much what we eat. So don’t feel bad about the cream in your coffee or the york in your eggs or the occasional steak with béarnaise if you got the culinary chops – but don’t think that the end of the war on fat means all the Extra Value Meals you can eat.
I don’t find the word, “culinary chops” in neither Cambridge nor Oxford online dictionaries. Google Ngram doesn’t show this word either.
As far as the word, "chop / chops" conscerns, OALED at hand gives only four definitions of “chop” as a noun:
- A thick slice of meat with a bone attached to it.
- An act of cutting something with a quick downward movement using axe or knife.
- An act of hitting sth with the side of your hand in a quick downward movement.
- (informal / Pl.) The part of a person’s or animal’s face,
and no more.
What does “culinary chops” mean? Does it simply mean a butcher’s or carving knife, or chunk of meat, or skills / knack of cooking? If so, why doesn’t the author use more common word?