The last of the lunatic chefs

The last of the lunatic chefs

Restaurant kitchens have changed a lot in recent years, but they remain a subculture with rules and norms that just couldn't exist in most modern workplaces. 

I want people to get a sense of what it's actually like to be a part of a tough kitchen brigade, so I called up one of the year’s most talked about restaurants and asked to come in and work for them for a shift or two. The owner had a reputation for hostility, bordering on madness, so I knew at the very least it wouldn’t be a boring day.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

I've seen 100s of recipes for chocolate mousse over the years, but this is probably the simplest and definitely the best. 

It's light and melts in the mouth, and by comparison to most, it's pretty healthy. Just chocolate, egg and a touch of sugar. 

Chocolate covered honeycomb

Chocolate covered honeycomb

n easy dish of just 4 ingredients, but seriously impressive. 

The chocolate coating is optional but recommended. Not only do the flavours work amazingly well together, but the coating allows you to keep the honeycomb fresh for a week or longer. Whereas without the chocolate it will start to go soft within a day or two. 

Proper pizza

Proper pizza

This is a serious pizza method that will give you fantastic results. It's not too difficult and doesn't require too much time spent in the kitchen, mostly you'll just be waiting for the dough to rest and/or rise. 

By using the mix-and-rest method for kneading, you replace a lot of hard work with just a bit of extra resting time. I think the results are at least as good as traditional kneading, if not better.