Stone-cooked? Flame-grilled? Pah, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Food design studio Bompas & Parr has collaborated with a team of scientists and artists to cook meat with lava and high-voltage electrical currents.
The inspiration for the Cooking with Lava project came from a visit to Sakurajima, an active volcano in Japan. “We wanted to see if there was a way to create synthetic lava so a wider audience could experience the wonders of food cooked in this way,” the team said.
Working with Syracuse University, Bompas & Parr first used an industrial bronze furnace to melt 1.1-billion-year-old basaltic rock. They then created an artificial volcano that erupted with a stream of 2,100°F lava, before sizzling some sausages over the hot liquid to cook in a matter of seconds.
Not satisfied with one dangerous BBQ-ing experience, the team then visited a high-voltage laboratory at the University of Southampton, where they placed steaks in the path of a 200,000-volt electrical bolt to simulate cooking with lightning.
Peppercorn sauce with that, sir?