If there’s one thing that man has mastered, it’s using heat to cook food. Sure, you can rub two sticks together until you get yourself a little campfire, but if you want to be really hardcore you can always just do what some people are doing: Track down a volcano or some liquid hot magma and use that to cook your food. While we wouldn’t advise just trotting over to your nearest lava flow and hanging a steak over it, there are some people who figured out how to harness the insane amount of energy thrown off by a volcano into cooking food, and they’re true heroes of gastronomy.
At this restaurant on the volcanic island of Lanzarote northwest of Morocco, chefs have been cooking meat using nothing but a volcano as a heat source since 1970. Designers built a large pit to cook the meat over, and while there’s no magma, the heat coming from underground is more than ample to cook a chicken.
Food designer Sam Bompas recruited the help of a sculpture professor who’s been making his own lava by heating basalt for about the past five years to grill a perfect steak, placing a grill on top of an artificial lava flow. “You get a really thick char on the outside, which frankly tastes delicious, but when we cut into it it was medium rare,” Bompas told CNN after grilling the steaks on the 2,100-degree flow.
This guy happens to have access to a real live lava flow, so he takes advantage of it to destroy things like cans of Monster Energy and Coke. We were especially intrigued by a can of Chef Boyardee Ravioli that he sacrificed to the magma recently; while it exploded and spewed molten ravioli all over the place, a few chunks were left behind and definitely appeared to be edible.
A New Zealand man named Simon Turner visited Marcum Crater in Vanuatu and brought along a long stick, some marshmallows, and beer. He set up a chair right next to a crater of bubbling magma and roasted up the most badass marshmallows of all time.