DM - The best steak restaurants pride themselves on their ovens. They are far hotter that the average home setup – but for one British chef they still weren’t enough. Sam Bompas travelled to Syracuse University in upstate New York to attempt to cook using Lava created by an ‘artificial volcano’.
Professor Robert Wysocki and his team at Syracuse University in upstate New York have customised a 3 million BTU bronze furnace bought used in Canada for $2500.
To create lava, they start with Dresser Trap Rock and use the furnace, described as ‘like a crock pot’ to melt it. It takes about 60 hours to melt and degas approx. 800lbs of lava, which creates a flow lasting 7-9 minutes. The team has done 100 lava pours so far, for artistic and scientific purposes, but had never actually used the lava’s 2,700°F heat to cook before.
‘I’ve always been obsessed with volcanoes, and had a dream of being able to cook with lava,’ he told Mailonline.
‘We wanted to find a way to cook with it, and heard about Professor Robert Wysocki, who has spent five years working to perfect a technique to make lava in this furnace.’
Bompas got in touch with Wysocki at Syracuse University in upstate New York, and he instantly agreed to help them. The researchers created an artificial flow of Lava for the team to cook on.
Although it was the first time steak has been cooked on lava, the results mean that the chef hopes it won’t be the last – and says cooking over lava could be the ultimate way to prepare steak.
‘When you cook on a barbecue you get a lot of smoke. ‘Because lava is pure heat, you get meat sealed v quickly, and with a very even char.’
BAD. ASS. What’s the only thing more manly than cooking meat over an open flame? Cooking meat over a motherfucking VOLCANO. Seriously I dare you to show me something that will put hair on your chest faster than cooking steaks and chicken on this:
You can’t. Need a lava grill and need it now. Volcano burgers at kmarko’s place this weekend, you’re all invited.
PS – 2 worst parts about living in NYC, 1) not having a car/having to use public transportation like a poor person and 2) not having a grill. Wait I forgot paying a fortune to live in a shoebox. That’s prob 1A.