An innovative chef made use of his time during lockdown by creating a range of dishes using only the appliances that were to hand in his hotel room: an iron, coffee maker and kettle.
From his room at Gec Granville Suites Hotel in Vancouver, Randles started his “Isolation Kitchen” channel, in which he manages to cook Teriyaki salmon, kebabs, tacos, burgers, breaded chicken breast, crème brulee and toasted sandwiches, many of which come with accompanying side dishes and sauces.
Since he started sharing the clips on 22 November, Randles has already amassed nearly 90,000 followers and 2.6 million likes, and his videos have been viewed millions of times.
In his latest effort, Randles cooks vegetables in a creamy sauce in a pot on top of the iron, before wrapping prawns in tin foil and “iron cooking” them too. The kettle is used to boil asparagus.
Another innovative recipe sees him make use of the coffee maker’s hot plate to fry an egg, which he adds to the top of a breaded chicken fillet.
The kettle is often used to boil veg or, in one notable video, to cook a custard using the steam, which is then put in the fridge to set before being topped with torched sugar and stewed fruit.
Now out of quarantine, Randles, who travelled to Canada to cook at a hotel in Whistler, a ski resort in British Columbia, said the hotel staff at Gec Granville Suites never reprimanded him for his culinary experimentation.
Although some viewers expressed concern over the hygiene of cooking with the in-room appliances, the videos always show Randles covering the surfaces with baking paper or tin foil.
It comes after another Tiktok user raised eyebrows with a strange cooking technique.