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CHICKEN A LA KEN CHICKEN A LA DISHWASHER; Award-winning chef does the dishes winning chef does the dishes and cooks up a feast at the same time ward- and cooks up a feast at the same time.

Byline: ANTONY STONE antony.stone@walesonline.co.uk

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

dishwasher chicken' is heading for. the summer menu at Moksh, the popular Cardi Bay restaurant which specialises in Indian cuisine with a technological twist.

STEPHEN 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.

Now he has gone from the appliance of science in the kitchen to using a kitchen appliance to cook CHICKEN - while the dishes are simultaneously washed in detergent. 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.

Cardi grandfather Peter Clarke, 79, has also spoken out after being hit by a nasty stomach bug thought to be linked to a family chicken meal he served up at his home in February.

He contracted a campylobacter infection, and shed 9lbs in just a few days, which it is assumed he caught as a result of washing the raw chicken he served to guests before cooking it.

He contracted a campylobacter infection, and shed 9lbs in just a few days, which it is assumed he caught as a result of washing the raw chicken he served to guests before cooking it.

dishwasher chicken', cooked at a searing heat which sterilises dirty dishes and kills all known germs, oers a tasty and risk free way of beating the bacteria, according to chef Gomes.

dishwasher chicken', cooked at a searing heat which sterilises dirty dishes and kills all known germs, oers a tasty and risk free way of beating the bacteria, according to chef Gomes.

"is 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.

"is 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 perfec-"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."

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

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

cut to shape, smothered in garlic and ginger paste, cumin, pink peppers, chilli powder, salt and lemon juice.

"T he 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.

"T he 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 nished 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. en put it in the dishwasher on the hottest programme for a 10 minute cycle."

"When it's nished 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. en put it in the dishwasher on the hottest programme for a 10 minute cycle."

He added: "is 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 He added: "is 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 stu it in a wrap or put it in pitta bread and it's delicious.

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

Preparing a portion of dishwasher chicken in his restaurant this week-weekend a surprised customer was taken aback to be oered a free tasting while awaiting the meal she had orordered.

Nikki Simpson, from Bridgend, was out celebrating her 40th birthbirthday at Moksh with two friends. "It's really nice, once you get round the idea that it was cooked in a dishwasher. Very good, succulent. I'd recommend it to anyone. is is why we are here, the food is good, but also exciting."

" Chef Gomes said the chicken will nowgure as a starter on his Great Kebab Factory menu served alongside Moksh chicken, a variety of "jerky" or dried fowl, and chocolate orange chicken tikka.

| 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.

CHEF STEPHEN GOMES PREPARES DISHWASHER CHICKEN See the next page for full details on how to give it a go yourself HOW TO COOK YOUR OWN DISHWASHER CHICKEN Stephen Gomez' instructions for how to cook 'dishwasher chicken' Place a a 450 gram chicken |breast portion in a large folded 2ft section of baking foil.

Trim o all fat, cut the edges to |equalise the shape and make small incisions in the meat.

Smother both sides in a garlic |paste already liberally mixed with chopped ginger.

Add one teaspoon of pink |pepper corn.

Add half a teaspoon of chilli |pepper - "the mother of all spices."

Add one teaspoon of ground |cumin.

Add one teaspoon of salt.

| Pour on a liberal amount of |lemon juice.

Wrap the chicken tightly making |sure the foil is airtight and has no holes.

Leave to marinate in the fridge, |ideally for 24 hours.

Place in a dishwasher on the |hottest cycle for 10 minutes when you do the dishes.

Serve in pitta bread, in a wrap, |with a nan or any of a variety of summer salad.

T...T THE TASTE TEST...REPORTER Antony Stone and photographer Andrew James tested out chef Stephen Gomez' creation.

WE approached tucking into a plate of Britain's favourite fowl cooked in a dishwasher on a 10 minute high heat cycle with a degree of trepidation.

Could a chef even of Stephen Gomes's award winning talents convert two sceptics.

The answer was a resounding "yes". The breast of chicken proved to be a succulent and mouthwatering culinary treat despite the highly unorthodox method by which it was cooked.

Snapper Andrew said: "It's tender, succulent and really does melt in your mouth. It has a beautiful spicy taste and I would never believe it was cooked in a dishwasher if I hadn't seen it with my own eye."

Our man Antony added: "What more can I say. It's amazing but true, dishwasher chicken is a culinary treat."
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