Professional chef says the key to perfectly cooked steak is to use a toaster
A chef says he has discovered the secret to a perfectly cooked steak – but his method is slightly unconventional.
Craig Harker, 33, saw a video online of someone cooking steak in a toaster, so he decided to put it to the test himself.
The owner of The George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, purchased a cheap toaster and threw some different cuts of steak in to see how they turned out.
He seasoned the steak as he usually would and then put it in the toaster for a few minutes until it came out medium-rare.
Craig was in for a shock when he tried it as he claimed it tasted just as good as it normally would if he had fried it.
Stunned by the results, he shared pictures of it on the pub’s Facebook page – and customers couldn’t believe how he’d achieved it.
However, he did warn them not to try it at home.
Craig said: “I had seen it online and thought there is no way you can cook a steak in the toaster so I had to try it out for myself because I know how to cook a good steak.
“I tested it out first with a rump steak to get the settings right; I seasoned it as I normally would because if it’s seasoned well, you might still get a good steak.
“I played around with the settings on the side and the first one popped up too rare so I put it down for a second time but then we overcooked it.
“It was trial and error but when we put the third steak down, it came out medium rare and was pink in the middle but well done on the outside.
“It tasted really nice and was red hot; if someone doesn’t know how to cook a good steak just whack it in the toaster.
“I won’t be serving it to anyone but it’s fun to show people!”
Despite the pub being closed as a result of strict coronavirus restrictions, Craig has been able to continue to offer a takeaway service to his customers.
To his surprise, he’s been busier than ever, meaning he’s looking to expand.
Craig added: “We do takeaways and deliveries and we’re lucky that our customers are being really loyal to us.
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“The reaction to the steak online was amazing; we have a big following on Facebook but I did warn people not to try it at home.
“I didn’t expect for it to work at all.
“You always see these videos floating about online but I was shocked that it came out restaurant quality”.