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Now You See It: London food designer cooks over lava

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How would you like your steak cooked? Over lava? (Source: CNN) How would you like your steak cooked? Over lava? (Source: CNN)
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Behold the first steak ever grilled...on lava!

London food designer Sam Bompas dreamed up the idea, and they literally grilled a couple of ribeye steaks on a man made stream of lava. But where did they get the lava?

Syracuse University sculpture professor Robert Wysocki has been heating basalt gravel to make artificial lava for almost five years, but usually only on art and geology experiments. This was a first time for cooking steak and corn on the cob.

This wasn't the kind of cookout where just a regular old apron will do. You need a protective leather jacket, visor and oven mitts. Unlike normal BBQ, you're not getting any smoke coming from that furnace.

The steaks were first seared at 2100 degrees. They were taken off the grill and then returned for a couple of minutes once the lava had cooled. Sam Bompas called it the best steak he'd ever eaten.

"You get a really thick char on the outside which frankly tastes delicious and when cut into it medium rare, it's juicy and unctuous," says Bompas.

Unctous, by the way, means rich and fabulously fatty.

Unless you live near an erupting volcano, your only hope of enjoying a lava cooked steak seems remote. We do have to report one casualty... an ear of corn was engulfed in lava.

They even roasted marshmallows for dessert. Still, we prefer our volcanoes.. rare.

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