If you look at this picture, you may know it is done by a chef who is holding the handle of the wok, and lifting it over the cook top while cooking.
What word or phrase could be used to describe this action?
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The chef is tossing the food in the wok. Tossing can also describe the arm movement. I don't think there's a verb that would fit “the chef verbs the wok” — shake comes close, but it's not a perfect fit.
For pancakes, flipping can also be used, but that only applies to a flat object which is moved in such a way to exchange the top and the bottom, so it's unsuitable for something in a wok.