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An award-winning chef has developed his own answer to fears of washing raw chicken - he's serving up breasts cooked in a dishwasher.

Dishwasher chicken is heading for the summer menu at Moksh restaurant in Cardiff which specialises in Indian cuisine with a technological twist.

Stephen Gomes said dishwasher chicken, cooked at a searing heat which sterilises dirty dishes and kills all known germs, offers a tasty and risk free way of beating the bacteria.

"This is the cleanest way to eat chicken without any hygiene risk at all. You cook it in the dishwasher while you are doing your dishes, on the highest temperature programme," he said.

"If this can remove the curry stains from my curry bowls then it can take care of any bacteria, and it's healthy, this isn't low fat, it's no fat. I haven't needed to use a spoonful of olive oil and its a tasty, steamy, succulent and cooked to perfection."

Gomes is already known locally as Heston Blumen-"dhal" - for his fusion of the molecular gastronomy made famous by Heston Blumenthal with traditional Indian cuisine like the humble dhal lentil curry.

 

His radical approach comes after a Food Standards Agency alert this week warning that washing raw chicken before it is cooked may cause food poisoning.

There is more to dishwasher chicken, however, than just slamming a tasty length of breast into the appliance and pressing the on button.

About 2ft of cooking foil is needed for each 450 gram serving of chicken breast which is trimmed and cut to shape, smothered in garlic and ginger paste, cumin, pink peppers, chilli powder, salt and lemon juice.

"The chicken has to be properly wrapped and sealed into the foil. Make sure there are no holes and it's airtight - you want the chicken to be succulent not soapy.

"When it's finished it should look like an oblong chocolate bar. For best results it should be left in the fridge for 24 hours so it can all marinate. Then put it in the dishwasher on the hottest programme for a 10 minute cycle."

He added: "This is ideal for when you are at home and too lazy to cook. It is so healthy and it can be eaten with all sorts of salads. You can stuff it in a wrap or put it in pitta bread and it's delicious.

"The best thing about this recipe is that you can cook your dinner while you are doing the dishes."

To learn more about Chef Gomes and his molecular cuisine visit www.chefstephengomes.co.uk or visit www.moksh.co.uk and www.meluha.co.uk.           

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