You may have heard of the Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world. Now we have the Solar Cooking Explorer, a French hot air balloon that aims to prove that the sun can also be a futuristic solution when it comes to cooking. Coal, gas, electricity .. or the sun! There are many sources of energy used in preparing food and each has an impact on the planet in one way or another. The only free one that does not affect the environment is solar energy. A few seasoned hobbyists have already swapped in their barbecues for solar installations to capture the heat and cook their own steak during the height of the summer season. But could the benefit of solar cooking be more than just stories? The unique challenge aims to prove that this energy can be considered a true cooking method in the future.
The setting for the challenge is somewhat unusual: a kitchen whose cooking stoves will be powered by the sun will be installed aboard a hot air balloon. This is the challenge of Chef Jean-Baptiste Martin, chef of the Maison Martins brand, who makes the hot sauces, and Joannes Richard, chef and winner of the Best Burger in France competition in 2021. For the occasion, the serving burger will be served as the test subject. Once the balloon, which will be managed by Olivier Quinault, president of the French Association of Balloon Riders, reaches the correct height, the parabola installed on it for the occasion will have the task of capturing enough solar energy to activate the cooking process and cook the food. Patty from the stack.
The challenge is scheduled to start between May 30 and June 12, depending on weather conditions, in the French Jura.
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