Pro chef explains key to perfectly cooked steak is using a toaster

A chef and pub owner has taken to the internet to explain how he cooks steak perfectly – and he uses a toaster to do so.

Craig Parker, 33, saw a clip online showing someone searing their beef steak in the kitchen gadget and decided to test the method himself.

He bought a cheap toaster and tried out a few different cuts of steak and was surprised by the results.

The owner of The George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, seasoned his meat as usual and then toasted it for a few minutes until it was the perfect medium-rare.

The foodie was amazed when he tried the steak and realised it tasted just as good as a pan fried version.

He posted some snaps of his stellar steak on the pub’s Facebook page – and customers were wowed!

But, he did warn people not to try doing the trick at home.

Craig said: "I had seen it online and thought there is no way you can cook a steak in the toaster so I had to try it out for myself because I know how to cook a good steak.

"I tested it out first with a rump steak to get the settings right; I seasoned it as I normally would because if it's seasoned well, you might still get a good steak.

"I played around with the settings on the side and the first one popped up too rare so I put it down for a second time but then we overcooked it.

"It was trial and error but when we put the third steak down, it came out medium rare and was pink in the middle but well done on the outside."

He added: “It tasted really nice and was red hot; if someone doesn't know how to cook a good steak just whack it in the toaster.

"I won't be serving it to anyone but it's fun to show people!"

Craig’s pub has been unable to open during lockdown, but has been doing deliveries – and he’s busier than ever.

Craig said: "We do takeaways and deliveries and we're lucky that our customers are being really loyal to us.

"The reaction to the steak online was amazing; we have a big following onFacebookbut I did warn people not to try it at home.

"I didn't expect for it to work at all.

“You always see these videos floating about online but I was shocked that it came out restaurant quality".

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