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How To Cook The Perfect Steak

Mr Olly Bird – executive chef at Goodman – shows us how to get it just right

We have shown you how to perfect everything from a cup of coffee to your six-pack – and in our fifth How To film, we’re tackling yet another cornerstone of manliess – the steak. Despite being an expense account favourite on a big night out, it’s easy to get wrong at home. Fine cooking margins separate an exquisitely charred yet tender piece of meat, and a grey, dry husk. To show us how to cook it just right, we’ve enlisted the help of an expert. Mr Olly Bird is executive chef at Goodman restaurants in London. Specialising in US and UK steak, the US cows are Angus, fed on a high corn diet. The meat is wet-aged (aged in a vacuum-sealed bag to retain moisture) for a textured, sweeter taste. Their UK meat is sourced from small passionate suppliers around the country.

“You need a good marbled piece of beef from a purebred cow, or a crossbreed. Make sure it isn’t from a continental animal, as they are reared for bulk, not quality. Your meat should have been aged for 21 to 28 days,” says Mr Bird. 

Press play, above, to follow Mr Bird’s step-by-step guide, or if you just need some red meat very, very badly, check out his favourite steak restaurants below.

FIVE BEST PLACES FOR STEAK

Hawksmoor
11 Langley Street,
London
thehawksmoor.com

The Beaumont 
8 Balderton Street,
London
thebeaumont.com

Peter Luger
178 Broadway,
New York
peterluger.com

CUT
45 Park Lane,
London
45parklane.com

Goodman
24-26 Maddox Street,
London
goodmanrestaurants.com

WHAT MR BIRD IS WEARING

  • Gitman Vintage Button-Down Collar Cotton Oxford Shirt

  • FRAME L'Homme Slim-Fit Denim Jeans

  • Anderson's 3.5cm Midnight-Blue Woven Waxed-Cord Belt

  • Heschung Genet Suede Chukka Boots