Friday 24 November 2017

Incredible Egg Man shows how to make the perfect omelette

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The perfect omelette is a difficult task for most of us.

But Howard Helmer - who holds the Guinness World Record for making 427 omelettes in half an hour - says it couldn't be easier.

We spent a cracking afternoon with Howard, the Incredible Egg Man who has been recruited by Bord Bia to promote the use of great quality Irish eggs.

Helmer jetted into Dublin from his hometown of New York to share his expertise and his love for all things eggs.

Despite the incredible feat, 2011’s ‘Egg Person of The Year Worldwide’ reckons that even the most novice of cooks can accomplish a great omelette.

“I honestly think anyone can make the perfect omelette. The trick is a really hot pan, two teaspoons of water for every two large eggs and good quality butter to fry it in. 

“The great thing about omelettes is that you can put anything in them, whatever your preference may be. Today I have delicious gruyere cheese, crispy bacon, julienne spinach and a whole lot of other ingredients which can all be used to make a great combination of omelettes,” said Helmer.

Flippin' great work from egg record breaker

Although hugely proud of his achievements the egg expert has offered his services to aspiring competitive egg fryers the world over.

“I’m retired now so I’d be happy to help someone make 428 omelettes in a half a hour and knock me off the top spot.

“I’ve tried to encourage my children to take my place and although they make great omelettes, they’re not so interested,” he said. 

After travelling the world in search of the world’s best omelettes Helmer believes that the best breakfast can be found in his own kitchen. 

“The best omelette I’ve ever had is not in France but in my own kitchen back in New York. 

“Whenever I have guests over, on the menu is Omelette Lorraine, which is an omelette made with dry white wine, swiss cheese and crispy bacon topped with parsley and a dollop of mustard. It’s the best way to enjoy eggs,” said the expert.

A recent survey by Bord Bia showed that 37pc of 25 to 45-year-olds eat eggs for their main evening meal, up 17pc since 2011.

It also found that 85pc consumed eggs once a week and Howard said he is looking forward to whisking up lots of Irish eggs this week.

“I’m having a great time getting stuck into some Irish eggs and I’m making my take on an Irish omelette using my favourite Irish ingredient, smoked salmon. Americans love that stuff,” he finished as he dished up the tenth omelette of the afternoon into our awaiting hands.




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