Celebrity chef Adam Liaw reveals leftovers could be key to dinner party success

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Celebrity chef Adam Liaw reveals leftovers could be key to dinner party success and five other tips to elevate your skills in the kitchen

  • Celebrity chef Adam Liaw shares his top tips to elevate your skills in the kitchen
  • Adam became famous after winning the second season of Masterchef Australia
  • He believes leaving food overnight gives it time for flavours to develop well

Celebrity chef Adam Liaw has revealed serving up leftovers at a dinner party could make you look like a professional in the kitchen. 

The former litigator, who rose to fame after appearing on Masterchef Australia, explained flavours continue to form overnight making many dishes better the next day.

He revealed this is especially true for meals with lots of levels of flavour, like curries.

But the television chef didn’t stop there.  In a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, he also revealed other tips which help elevate your efforts in the kitchen.

Celebrity chef Adam Liaw has revealed serving up leftovers at a dinner party could make you look like a professional in the kitchen

Stir in one direction 

He admits mixing in one direction may ‘sound like an old wives’ tale’ but says it actually has a lot of merit – especially for meaty fillings.

This is because it helps to align the protein filaments, which in turn trap in moisture and make for juicier fillings.

Serve bland food 

‘Not everything needs to be turned up to 11 on the flavour front. A mild meal can be a gentle joy,’ he said.

Let everything rest 

Anyone who has ever seen an episode of MKR or Masterchef knows the importance of letting a steak rest properly.

But Adam says it’s not just red meat that needs time to breathe.

‘I rest almost everything, from roast chickens (15-20 minutes) to batters (30 minutes) to salad dressings (10 minutes),’ he said.

Liaw released the list of tips after realising he had been cooking for himself for 25 years and had managed to 'pick up a few tricks' along the way

Liaw released the list of tips after realising he had been cooking for himself for 25 years and had managed to ‘pick up a few tricks’ along the way

Eat the next day   

Adam’s favourite seasoning, Umami, develops over time, which means dishes will taste better the next day. This is also true of food without the chef’s favourite staple.

‘If you think your stew or curry got tastier overnight, it did! It’s the same chemical process as ageing wine, but just on a faster timescale,’ he explained.

People can take advantage of this by cooking stews the day before or the morning of rather than trying to rush it out ‘on time’ after work.  

Use oil properly 

Adam says people often try to cook without adding enough oil to the pan. His wants people to remember excess oil can stay in the pan – but if you don’t add enough your food won’t cook properly.

Liaw released the list of tips after realising he had been cooking for himself for 25 years and had managed to ‘pick up a few tricks’ along the way.

Adam was the winner of the second season of Masterchef Australia and currently has 286,000 followers on social media.

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