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31/05/2012

Copying celebrity chefs sees rise in personal injury claims

According to a recent study conducted by UK insurance company esure home insurance, more than six million people are involved in cooking accidents after trying to copy celebrity chefs that they see on Saturday Kitchen or Great British Menu. About 14 percent of the UK has experienced a cooking injured and caused damage to their kitchen, and of this 14 percent, a massive 73 percent identified themselves as “amateurs”, “novices” or “useless chefs” and still the attempted complex culinary skills they saw on the TV. The damage to homes amounted to more than £5 billion, says the report.

Of the injuries and damage, the majority was a result of fast chopping, deep frying, steaming, tenderising meat, and skewering. Of the dishes attempted, the most dangerous to attempt as a novice chef are crème brûlée and roast peppers because insureds attempted them with a lage-scale DIY blow torch instead of its kitchen counterpart. A quarter of those who attempted such acknowledged the danger of their cooking skills by keeping a fire extinguisher or fire blanket in the kitchen.

Of those who experienced such an incident, 62 percent did so while trying to create a dish in real-time with the celebrity chef instead of pausing and rewinding, while a shocking 25 percent not only tried to recreate the dish in real-time, but did not have a TV in their kitchen and ran back and forth to the lounge to catch the next step while leaving kitchens unattended.

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