Icelandic chefs cook volcanic meal over hot lava at eruption site!

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 15:15 [IST]
 

Washington, April 1 (ANI): Gourmets and gourmands enjoyed food as their adrenaline rush made the meal even more exciting - all this happened when Icelandic chefs offered patrons delicacies cooked over hot lava and served them close to an ongoing volcanic eruption.

"My philosophy is that if someone says that something is impossible, I feel the urge to try it," Fox News quoted chef Fridgeir Eiriksson, as telling a foreign news agency.

When Eiriksson came to know of the eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano in the middle of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on March 21, he made up his mind to "cook a delicious dinner at the volcano."

On Tuesday, Eiriksson and three mates at the cafi of Reykjavik's luxury hotel Holt drove supplies and "lots of champagne" up to the foot of the mountain in two trucks.

The chefs set up a make-shift dining area near a lava field with a red carpet, a small table and two bolstered chairs for a customers who were to be flown up by helicopter.

Eiriksson said: "We did not know what to expect when we would approach the volcano, so we brought welder masks and gloves since we wanted to cook the food on the lava itself."

"We did not use any of the gear since we were never dangerously close to the glowing lava, but it was hot around the lava field and we even had to take off our winter coats when we started cooking on the lava itself," he added.

With mercury dipping to as low as minus 30 degrees at the mountain over the last few days and the glowing fresh lava around them the diners were offered: lobster soup, flaming lobster and monkfish and lava-cooked shallot onions and Veuve Clicquot champagne.

The two exclusive customers shelled out nearly 60,000 kronur (470dollars) for the helicopter trip and meal.

Some curious tourists also got a taste of the lava-cooked food. (ANI)


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