Chef Tom Colicchio posing for the camera
A Lot Of Flipping Is Involved When Tom Colicchio Cooks Steak
While many people think a steak shouldn't be disturbed while it's cooking, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio disagrees. In fact, he flips a steak up to six times to sear it well.
When high heat touches sugars and amino acids in a steak, it develops a richer taste. To achieve this, Colicchio likes to ensure that all the sides and edges are seared properly.
Experts agree that the repeated movement of flipping allows the moisture from the steak to dry quickly, producing the same — if not better — crust of an undisturbed steak.
Rotating it often also allows every inch of the steak to experience the high temperatures, resulting in more even cooking and, therefore, more flavor.