How to cook like a Constance chef

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Whether it’s the ritual of a Romazava in Madagascar or an elegant twist to tuna in Maldives, Constance chefs put culinary passion into every dish.

Beautifully done sushi at Constance

The wonderful blend of textures in well done sushi

Here’s our round-up of top tips from the chefs at Constance hotels and resorts in Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles to get you on the road to creating world-class cuisine.

The secret to perfectly grilled meat

The secret for any grilled meat is to allow the meat to rest before serving. It is always better to slightly under cook the meat and allow it to rest (some chefs let it rest almost the same amount of time it has been cooked). The result is that the meat is more tender and juicier in mouth.

How to make the best gravy

Use the trimmings of the meat with veal stock and vegetables to make a gravy with a deep, meaty flavour. Once you’ve simmered to achieve the right consistency add some fresh butter to give your gravy a rich, velvety texture.

The importance of browning meat

Let the Constance Chefs introduce you to new ingredients and learn from the best!

Let the Constance Chefs introduce you to new ingredients and learn from the best!

Browning meat gives your finished dish a richer, deeper, more complex flavour. Plus, a well-browned piece of meat cooked at the right temperature gives off a wonderful aroma.

Caramelise onions the fine-dining way

Use red onions for their sweet, mild flavour then combine with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to create really flavoursome, sweet caramelised onions.

How to make the best sushi

There are three main elements to making a good sushi according to our sushi master at Constance Halaveli – ingredients of contrasting colours to make it look attractive, interesting complimentary flavours and an exciting blend of textures.

Top tip for perfect shortcrust pastry

Once the pastry is made always wrap the dough tightly in cling film and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour before rolling it out.

Learn the importance of browning your meat.

Learn the importance of browning your meat. Your taste buds will thank you!

Learn from the best

Go one better and learn from the masters themselves with cookery classes available at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Halaveli.

The chefs will introduce you to the local ingredients and teach you the basics of the region’s cuisine before guiding you through the preparation of some of the hotel’s most popular fine-dining dishes.

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    Raylin Sutter
    September 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    These are some amazing tips! I just got a brand new non stick oven pan and have been using it for a week now. I’ve been using it to grill meat. However, I tend to cook meat until it is fully cooked or a bit more than that. I am always really nervous about under cooking meat. Are there ways to know when it is slightly under but still good enough to stop cooking?

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