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I'm Gary Maclean. I won the 2016 series of MasterChef: the Professionals UK. Feel free to ask me about the show or anything food related.
Do you consider hot dogs to be a sandwich?
I am not sure hotdogs are food.
What's the worst sandwich you ever eaten and where?
I cant remember the worst sandwich but the best was in a deli in New York.
For the home cook, willing to take extra steps, what are the tips for making restaurant quality, moist grilled or baked chicken breasts at home?
The first thing is to buy the best chicken possible, cheap chicken is full of water and will be poor even if cooked properly. Always buy chicken breast with the skin on this will help keep the moisture in. Pan fry in a very hot pan skin side down until golden, turn over on the non skin side for a few minutes. Finish in a hot oven 200C and cook until it reaches 73-75 C allow to rest before cutting.
What's your favourite food?
I am a big fan of Scottish shellfish but when I travel I love trying new things.
Do you like the massive photo of yourself adorning the side of the college?
Its not my best side, Its very strange going past it everyday but its a great complement from the college that they would stick my mug on their brand new building.
On the subject, do you like spanish food?
I don't know too much about Spanish food, I am going to the south of Spain in January so hopefully I will get to enjoy some local Spanish food and learn a little more about it.
Hi! can you taste diferent flavour from organic foods? and do yo think the scientist cook is the next evolutio of gastronomy? thanks
That's a tough one. The whole organic debate is very complicated. I admire farmers who go organic but if they are surrounded by non organic farms it must be difficult. On the evolution of food. I don't think so it's not big enough to be a true global change.
What is your favourite flavour crisp?
Prawn cocktail. Love crisps too much
It's great, and a good reminder of your accomplishment. On a food note, I find I under cook garlic quite often since I'm concerned with burning it. Any good tips?
Get a garlic crusher and add the garlic as soon as you have moisture in the pan.
What is the most boring type of dog?
Not sure but I do like Scooby doo
Thank you very much! Do you recommend marinating or prepping the chicken beforehand and if so, how far in advance, i.e. one hour or 24 hours. Thank you, no more follow-up questions :-).
Yes 24 hours marinating will make a huge difference. Avoid citrus and salt if you are going that long. Spices hard herbs and a little good oil are amazing.