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The Faster Chef Student Challenge

What happens when you give 3 students fresh ingredits, a microwave and a deadline to create an easy and nutritious dish? read on to find out!

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To show off the capabilities of the new microwaves, 3 students from London Metropolitan University were challenged by renowned chef Barry Vera to create a nutritious meal using only the microwave to cook their ingredients.

First up was Jamie, who was asked to make Vegetable Cous Cous using only the bag of ingredients provided and the microwave. I’ve never made cous cous myself, but it looks simple enough to do; here’s the steps:

1. Put your ingredients (minus the couscous) into a large dish, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes
2. Pour 450ml of boiling water over your couscous and leave to stand for 10 minutes
3. Cover the couscous and cook on a medium setting for 5 mins
4. Stir the dish, and eat!

Here’s a video of the cous cous being made:

Next up was James, who was challenged to make Chili con carne. Here’s a step by step guide to cooking it using a microwave:

1. Put all your ingredients into a large bowl and stir
2. Cover with cling film & pierce the film, cooking on “auto sensor meat microwave” setting
3. Add the kidney beans and cook for 3 minutes
4. Plate up with rice!

Finally, Tyanah was given what I think is the hardest dish of the day – Salmon with a Chili and Mango Salsa.

I don’t use my microwave enough for making meals like this – maybe it’s about time I did!

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