Pyromaniac Chef

by PyromaniacChef in Gloucestershire

We did it
On 29th September 2015 we successfully raised £3,247 with 53 supporters in 28 days

Let's get cooking food with amazing flavours from breads to bonfire steak to beautiful puddings on wood fires in your garden.

by PyromaniacChef in Gloucestershire

New stretch target

Funky Fire Pits

My cook book is just the start of my dream of no more boring barbecues. I will be creating a range of durable fire pits which are highly effective. I will be working with British manufacturers to produce a product which will last a lifetime. The designs are in the early stages but I am literally brimming with enthusiasm about how stylish they are going to look.

There are a lot of barbecues and fire pits currently on the market but they are often poorly welded from materials of inferior quality. These products are expensive for something which don't survive a winters storage and would rust away to nothing if left out overnight (which is somewhat necessary after an evenings cooking).

Amazing Accessories

I managed to source a wonderful fire pit which came with a sturdy tripod for cooking on. However, it could be improved and I will develop a set of fire pit accessories to make the cooking process even more fun.


Project aim

Let's get cooking food with amazing flavours from breads to bonfire steak to beautiful puddings on wood fires in your garden.

About the project

I love cooking over fire. I love how the food takes on additional depth of flavour and it gives you the excuse to sit and gaze into the flames. While the big flavours associated with barbecue are rightfully praised, I feel there is a world of flavour subtlety that needs sharing. My book will feature chapters on lighting and managing fires for the specific goal of cooking, my principles of cooking over wood fires based upon my travels and how to adapt your favourite dishes for cooking over fire plus over 70 recipes illustrated in full colour. Where supplied as a hard copy it will be a hard cover book with glossy pages and a loose cover.

The recipes will include meat and fish dishes, a wide range of vegetarian dishes, party food from canapés to a whole shoulder of kid, everyday supper dishes (because lighting a fire is a great mood lifter when the weekend seems far away), breads and desserts. Throughout September I'll be making the dishes for a range of events and will be sharing the photos on Instagram, the stories on Facebook and videos on my Youtube channel.

About the Pyromaniac Chef

I was a Masterchef semi-finalist in 2008. After wowing Greg with my Margarita Syllabub I went travelling and have studied cookery everywhere from hotels in Malaysia to metal sheds in Cambodia to a restaurant in Turkey. I have eaten crickets (in caramel) in China and spiders (in barbecue sauce) in Cambodia and my considered opinion is that beef reared in the Cotswolds is far more delicious!

In 2014 I turned the Kota Hut in my garden into one of the world's smallest restaurants. Gloucester Studio quickly caught the media's attention and while the Daily Mail described it as "Master Shed" the response has been amazing and the diners flooded in. My key strength as a chef is flavour and I favour simple dishes. It was a bold move to serve baked potatoes as a restaurant dish but when those potatoes are rubbed with good salt and baked slowly in a wood fire, they take on the most incredible flavours. Slather them with homemade butter seasoned with black truffle sea salt and you have an exquisite dish.

About the rewards

While we all get a lovely glow from getting great projects off the ground, we also like getting our hands on exclusive goodies. This is why I've worked almost as hard on organising some fantastic pledge gifts as I have on the book itself. From cute little pin badges that can equally be used to show your allegiance to the idea of food cooked over fire (or a tongue in cheek observation of someones habit of burning food) to 100% soy wax candles handmade in The Cotswolds. "Sweet Bonfire" candles capture the scent of Gloucester Studio and give a soft warm fragrance of sandalwood with notes of fresh coffee and toasted marshmallows. The aprons and towels are strong and durable and stitched (not printed) with my logo.

With the exception of the cook book itself, all pledge gifts will be sent out in the first week of October (the book should be ready by early November) and experiences can be booked for a mutually convenient date.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Kathryn

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Be a sparking supporter: A huge thank you for your support with a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people. Then, when the hard copies of the books are hitting the printers you'll receive your PDF copy to your inbox.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Be a shining supporter: A huge thank you for your support with a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people. You'll also receive a professional grade tea towel embroidered with my logo. Then, when the hard copies of the books are hitting the printers you'll receive your PDF copy to your inbox.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Be a glowing supporter: A huge thank you for your support with a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people. You'll also receive one of my beautifully scented "Sweet Bonfire" candles with a wooden wick that makes them crackle as they burn. Then, when the hard copies of the books are hitting the printers you'll receive your PDF copy to your inbox.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Be an elemental supporter: A huge thank you for your support with a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people and a signed hard copy of my cook book.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Be a blazing supporter: A huge thank you for your support with a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people. You'll also receive one of my beautifully embroidered Pyromaniac Chef aprons. Then, when the hard copies of the books are hitting the printers you'll receive your PDF copy to your inbox.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Be a flaming supporter: A huge thank you for your support and a full set of goodies including a badge, a candle, a tea towel and a hardback copy of the book.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Be a hot hot hot supporter: A huge thank you for your support and a full set of goodies including a badge, a candle, an apron, a tea towels and a hardback copy of the book annotated by the Pyromaniac Chef.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

Be the scorching supporter: A huge thank you for your support and I'll write a dedication to the person of your choosing on the first page! When the hard copies of the books are hitting the printers you'll receive your PDF copy to your inbox. Once it's printed, you'll receive a hard copy of the book. And of course I'll send a badge in the post to identify you as one of my fantastic people.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward

Amanda's pledge.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Be an inferno supporter: Enjoy an experience money can't (usually) buy and in addition to a badge, a candle, an apron and a hardback copy of my cook book, I'll give you a private cookery lesson. The cookery lesson can be shared by up to four people and includes all ingredients. Price covers mainland UK. For other destinations there will be additional travel and accommodation costs.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Be a Helios supporter: Be so utterly hot in your support that you are very incantation of Helios (the Greek personification of the sun) and host a party catered by the Pyromaniac Chef. I will cook my fire-cooked meal (see www.pyromaniacchef.com/the-restaurant) and bring all ingredients to you. Price covers mainland UK. For other destinations there will be additional travel and accommodation costs.

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