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How to cook the perfect roast potato

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Crunchy, golden, fluffy. Yes, we’re talking about roast potatoes. And we like to think we know what we’re talking about when it comes to the perfectly roasted spud.According to 89% of the British public, roast potatoes are an essential trimming if you’re plating up the ideal roast dinner. These golden spuds blow all the other trimmings out the water, even Yorkshire puddings. Now it’s settled that a roast dinner isn’t complete without the potato, next we all need to agree on how to roast them to perfection. We’re going to share out top tips for how to cook the perfect roast potato that will leave your dinner guests with something to talk about… if you can bring yourself to share them out.Step 1 – Get things hot in the kitchenFirst things first, fire up that oven. Now, they say if you can’t stand the heat, get out the kitchen. But if you’re anything like Mohammed, who said cooking in a busy kitchen is the best part of a chef job, then that won’t be a problem. Start by setting the temperature to 200C or 180C for a fan oven. Step 2 – Peel and chopGrab your kilogram of potatoes and get prepping. Learning how to prep food is the first and most important thing any chef will learn to do. After all, prep work is the key to a chef’s success. Don’t be fooled into thinking a kitchen assistant is confined to slicing and dicing. No, they also learn how to chop julienne style, prepare meat and fillet fish – which, according to Paulo, was a highlight of his chef apprenticeship with M&B. Okay, back to the potatoes. Peel them and cut them into evenly sized pieces, around 5cm.Step 3 – Boil themGet those chopped potatoes into a large pan and add enough water so they’re just covered. You want to add cold water, otherwise, the outside will cook faster and we’re aiming for perfection here, remember. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and once the water has reached the boiling point, reduce it to a simmer and cook for another 2 minutes.Step 4 - Time to fluff it upOnce they’re out the water and left to cool for a few minutes, pop them back in the pan with a lid on and give them a rustle them around. You want to fluff up the outside of the potatoes but go gently or you’ll open the pan to mashed potatoes. Fluffing is an essential step. Miss it and we’re sorry to say you won’t come close to the crispy roasties that our chefs lovingly prepare at Toby Carvery. Finally, sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of plain flour and give it another little shake to coat them – this will help them get that delicious crunch.Step 5 – Into the ovenYour oven should be hot now, but for the potatoes to crisp up nicely you need to be popping them into piping hot oil or fat. Place the roasting tin in the oven with 5 tablespoons of goose fat, olive oil or butter and leave until it’s at maximum heat – around 3-5 minutes. If you’re a garlic fan (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) here’s your moment. Mince 6 cloves and combine it with the oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper and 2 tablespoons of parsley or another herb.Carefully spoon the potatoes onto the pan and mix them so they’re coated in the hot fat. Leave them for 15 minutes, then turn them and roast for another 15 minutes. Flip them around once more and then back in they go for 10-20 minutes, until they’re goldened to your liking. Learn from the very best chefs at M&BLearning how to cook the perfect roast potato is surely a life skill that should be taught in school? Okay, maybe not quite but we do teach our chefs how to make these melt-in-your-mouth roast potatoes along with lots of other signature dishes and sides.If you’re interested in learning from the very best, you won’t find a place better than M&B. Every member of the kitchen team receives the training they need, whether that’s learning how to grill the perfect steak at Miller & Carter, toss pizza dough at Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery or plate up the perfect Sunday roast at Toby Carvery. Find out more about our chef apprenticeships at M&B.

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We’re going to share out top tips for how to cook the perfect roast potato that will leave your dinner guests with something to talk about… if you can bring yourself to share them out.

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Step up to the plate with a chef apprenticeship

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Have you got an appetite for learning? Then a chef apprenticeship could be the perfect way to take your passion for food to the next level.When you think of a chef career it’s hard not to picture Gordon Ramsey’s high-pressure kitchen or Jamie Oliver campaigning for healthier school dinners. But did you know that both these celebrity chefs started as a chef apprentice? And they’re not the only ones; Clare Smyth, the only female chef to run a three Michelin star restaurant; Heston Blumenthal, who gifted the world with triple-cooked chips among other wonderful inventions; and Masterchef judge, Monica Galetti, also started their careers with a chef apprenticeship. Read on to hear how a chef apprenticeship can kickstart your culinary career.Learn by doingIf classroom learning doesn’t tickle your taste buds then an apprenticeship could be just for you. The programmes are great for anyone that learns best by doing and likes to get stuck into a task. Of course, you will have coursework to do but you’ll get to use that learning when you’re back in the kitchen. Not only that, but you’ll earn while you get on-the-job training and learn the ropes under the watchful eyes of talented chefs. And remember, you’re never too old to learn and so you’re never too old to do an apprenticeship.Become a culinary whizA chef apprenticeship will teach you how to plate up food to perfection and learn how to make those melt-in-the-mouth dishes and sides that are our guests’ favourites - like our triple cooked chips (thanks Heston). But more than that, you’ll learn all the basics which just so happen to be the most important parts. After all, learning how to prep food, garnish and knowing how to keep a kitchen clean is what makes a great chef. Taking it back to the basics will also help you see what you’ve got a natural flair for, and you’ll be whipping up recipes at home and impressing your friends and family in no time.Boost your confidenceIf there was a checklist for what you need to do chef apprenticeship, it would look something like this: a passion for cooking, a team player, ambition and did we mention a passion for food?The rest of the skills you need to be a successful chef will all be taught to you. Because learning your way around the kitchen is no piece of cake there is a lot to learn when you enrol on a chef apprenticeship. After completing the programme you’ll come out with loads of experience, knowledge and as a result, you’ll get a huge boost to your confidence.Have funA job is all about finding that balance between work hard and play hard. Our chef apprentices will vouch for us when we say there’s plenty of time for fun on a chef apprenticeship and it’s just one of the five reasons why you’ll love an apprenticeship with M&B. If you’re willing to put in the hard work you could be a head chef one day, or if it’s your dream to specialise you can prove yourself as a talented roast chef – or a rotisseur if we’re using the fancy brigade de cuisine terms.Get a taste for a chef apprenticeship at M&BSo, reckon you could be a chef? With the help our of dedicated kitchen teams you can turn your passion into a chef career. Now we’ve given you a taste for what to expect from a chef apprenticeship you can get more of the details on our chef apprenticeships. Or to hear first-hand from one of our chef apprentices, read Joao Paulo’s experience of gaining his Commis Chef Level 2 certificate.

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Have you got an appetite for learning? Then a chef apprenticeship could be the perfect way to take your passion for food to the next level.

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Try crunching these numbers

14,000
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We serve around 14,000 tonnes of
chips... which is the weight of 930
double decker buses!

380
Million e Beer

The number of drinks
we serve in a year.

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