Gordon Ramsay's Favourite Dish
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Cooking is a remarkable example of the fusion of art and science. And the best part is that sometimes the most basic ingredients may result in the fanciest delicacies. Having said that, not all dishes are delicious. Impressing culinary enthusiasts with a refined palate can also be challenging. Gordon James Ramsay, a well-known chef and restaurateur, has a reputation for being a tough guest to please, as seen by his reality television appearances and culinary show appearances. However, one dish managed to dazzle even Gordon Ramsay, and in this instance, a woman prepared something "phenomenal" for the chef using only the most basic supplies.

If you're not Napoleon Bonaparte and/or the French army, the history of Beef Wellington is happier than the Ramsay drama.

Many European nations and states joined to fight Napoleon's army in the memorable Battle of Waterloo. The British Army and its allies were commanded by the Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, while Gebhard von Blucher was in charge of the Prussian forces. Napoleon was soundly crushed, as we all know, on that infamous Sunday in June 1815. After Blucher's death, statues, ships, and even a locomotive were named in his honour. He was also made an honorary citizen of Berlin. In the end, Wellesley became prime minister, had a boot named after him, and (some would have us believe) was rewarded with a sumptuous meat feast served in puff pastry.

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Was the Duke of Wellington the first recipient of Beef Wellington? Take a look at the ingredients: a pricey cut of prime beef, wine, mushrooms, and puff pastry made with lots of butter. To me, those sound very "French." And could the same people who made haggis, head cheese, and kidney pie actually make something so delectable? I'm going to argue that the meal is essentially an instance of cultural appropriation—French boeuf en croute was given a new name honouring the person who overthrew Napoleon. 

Components of beef Wellington

Puff Pastry Sheets

These basic ingredients—a simple yeast dough and a block of cold butter—are the forerunners of this decadent, flaky pastry. Like an envelope encasing a love note, the bread covers the butter.

Tender beef

The beef tenderloin is not a delicious, rich piece of meat. This is not a prime steak that has been fat-marbled. The flavour-exploding trio of ham, mustard, and mushrooms makes up a Wellington.


The mushrooms come next. Yes, duxelles refers to mushrooms and is a phrase used in French cuisine that was coined by Chef Lois Pierre La Varenne in the 17th century.