He­ston gets back to ba­sics

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - BRIT­TANY STACK HOW TO COOK LIKE HE­STON, SBS ONE, Thurs­day, 8pm

WHO knew cook­ing a chook was so in­volved?

Ac­cord­ing to gas­tro­nomic ge­nius He­ston Blu­men­thal, we’re all afraid of un­der­cook­ing the world’s most pop­u­lar bird and com­pen­sate by fry­ing or bak­ing un­til it re­sem­bles leather.

De­ter­mined to change our chicken- eat­ing ways, Blu­men­thal ( pic­tured) will demon­strate handy tips and tricks to serve up the most ten­der roast chook in his new se­ries that fo­cuses on the ba­sics.

Un­like pre­vi­ous Blu­men­thal shows, this one for­sakes epi­curean feats for the more mod­est aim of show­ing home cooks how to mas­ter a sin­gle but es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent.

Blu­men­thal is the great ma­gi­cian of the kitchen. He also has a won­der­fully fresh sense of hu­mour, which be­lies any sense of pre­cious­ness that his stature as one of the world’s most revered chefs might sug­gest.

Com­bine those qual­i­ties with what is pos­si­bly the most gor­geous pho­tog­ra­phy in the cook­ing­show genre and you have the win­ning fea­tures of this en­joy­able six- part se­ries.

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