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Getting in touch with your oven

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Electrolux Country Manager for ovens and professional chef Daniel Menezes.The Touchline range of ovens provide state of the art features controlled by a cutting edge HD interface so intuitive that little training is required for assistants to cook restaurant-quality food.The EOB305X oven comes pre-loaded with 300 recipes from professional chefs that automates the cooking of high quality dishes at home

Chinese cooking methods are commonly associated with a wok and a big flame, but professional chef Daniel Menezes will tell you otherwise. This graduate of SHATEC in Singapore and the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in London is regarded as a pioneering expert in modern Asian cooking using western equipment. Especially the often overlooked oven.

Daniel Menezes

Electrolux Country Manager for ovens and professional chef Daniel Menezes.

His talents were showcased recently at the two-day Cook and Chill Yangon event in Myanmar, where he wowed professional chefs with his demonstration of vacuum cooking techniques and the capability of Electrolux’s professional systems, which includes the state of the art Touchline oven completely controlled with an intuitive high-definition touch display.

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The Touchline range of ovens provide state of the art features controlled by a cutting edge HD interface so intuitive that little training is required for assistants to cook restaurant-quality food.

Menezes is also the  Country Category Manager for Electrolux ovens and has contributed to the success of more than 20 Chinese restaurant kitchens and bakeries in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Dhaka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. He shares with us his insights and tips on using ovens for cooking.

1. Tell us about yourself and why you became a chef.

I started cooking at home at a young age and made culinary cooking my life. As I was always curious about cooking traditional food with more  modern equipment, I would explore and try and visit places to see traditional cooking and translate that into cooking with ovens.

I joined the stainless steel industry in 1997 and never looked back.  I am always labelled “THE BRIDGE” between the chef and the equipment. And I am happy i am still in contact with the Culinary World.

My motto: Cooking is Passion, Not Fashion!

2. Could you provide tips for getting optimal results when cooking with an oven?

For baking, always have the freshest ingredients and WEIGH them. Always use the right accessories to bake the product. Preheating and oven temperature are very important to get a good result. Always have all ingredients ready and weigh out before starting.

For grilling and roasting, fresh ingredients go a long way in creating the perfect dish.   For meat portions, ensure that they’re marinated well beforehand and are  about the same weight so that they  cook evenly. Always sear meat on a hot plate before placing in a roasting pan  to lock in all the juices. The high heat produces a glossy crust. If you want to have roast potatoes, carrots or  parsnips as side dishes, place the meat on a wire rack just above the pan with potatoes, and you’ll be able to  cook two  dishes at once. For leaner cuts of meat, I would recommend rolling bacon with fat over meat to avoid drying the meat while roasting.

If you’re  braising in an oven, it’s ideal to have a cast iron pot or oval shape casserole with a cover to cook it evenly and intensely.

For broiling, use ovens with an infra-red grill mode like the Electrolux EOC69400X Inspiro and EOB305X Built-In Ovens, to get grilled and well-marbled meats effortlessly. The best cuts of meat should always be lightly seasoned with natural sea salt, a dash of olive oil and grilled to required doneness. Serve with a slice of lemon wedge to bring out the meat’s best flavour.

EOC69400X-1 built in oven

The EOC69400X oven’s Ultra Fan feature circulates hot air evenly and allows for a greater range of temperatures to provide the most precise heat for your dishes.

EOB305X-1 Inspiro

The EOB305X oven comes pre-loaded with 300 recipes from professional chefs that automates the cooking of high quality dishes at home

3. What are your favourite dishes to cook in an oven?

Braised Chinese-style Beef Brisket with Turnips in clear soup and Chinese Roast Duck. With the former, I can cook the meat till it’s tender in an oven without having to stir every now and then or worry about letting the base burn. With the timer, you’ll also never overcook or undercook the dishes.

Here are the recipes for both dishes:

Braised Chinese-style Beef Brisket with Turnips in clear soup

Chinese Roast Duck

4. How do you think Electrolux ovens help make oven cooking easier?

Like the Inspiro oven with over 300 built-in recipes, your choices are endless. You can have a Roast duck meal and finish off with a citron tart. And they’re easy to clean after cooking.

5. What are your favourite features on Electrolux ovens?

It’s got to be the half-fan or pulse fan speed options.  With this feature, we can get better results in pastries like souffles, or simply  browning of sesame seeds and drying vegetables to make them crisp.

The Multi-timer feature is another favourite. With it, I’m able to heat up rice and a braised dish with sauce while cooking some vegetables at different times. But, they can all be served at one go.

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