JPost TV: In the kitchen of 'MasterChef Rabbi' Josh Steele

JPost TV discusses love, life and Judaism with the British yeshiva boy who captured the show's viewers with his charisma and wacky dishes.

April 30, 2014 13:34
3 minute read.
Josh Steele makes aliya

Josh Steele makes aliya. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Video by Eli Mandelbaum

It's a big week for British Yeshiva boy Josh Steele, also known as the "MasterChef Rabbi" of this year's culinary competition. He is doing what he thought he would never do and is officially making aliya, after having  found both love and exciting professional prospects in the Holy Land.

After being catapulted into the limelight through his charisma and wacky dishes on the reality TV show, Steele recently became a partner in Emek Refaim's Soyo Cafe, and assured The Jerusalem Post that he is working on a "funky new menu." Steele is simultaneously working at Angelica, which has been dubbed by Israeli foodies as one of the best restaurants in the country.  

"I'm feeling very emotional at the moment," Steele told the Post on Wednesday, upon receiving his shiny new blue ID card. "It is truly amazing to be an Israeli citizen. Please G-d I will have a great life in this great country with all these great people and, most importantly, my phenomenalistic wife-to-be."
JPost TV took a sneak peek into Steel's humble kitchen in Ramat Eshkol, and talked love, life and Judaism, while preparing a sophisticated twist on the British dish Cauliflower Cheese.

Get Steele's recipe here:

1 large cauliflower
50g sugar
100ml white wine vinegar
Bottle canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
300ml white wine
500ml stock (vegetable or parve chicken)
120g grated Gruyere cheese
20g cornflour
20g soft cheese
40g butter
Few drops of truffle oil
100g strong cheddar cheese

Cut cauliflower into small florets
Boil sugar and vinegar and pour over 1/3 of cauliflower and leave in fridge 30 minutes
Fry 1/3 in 180oC oil
Blanche 1/3 in salted water until soft
Boil to reduce wine to 30ml
Add stock to wine on medium heat
Mix together Gruyere and cornflour and add to liquid until cheese dissolved
Add soft cheese and butter and remove from heat stirring
Mix 3 cauliflowers with cheese sauce and add truffle oil
Sprinkle with cheddar and place under a grill or use a blow torch to gratinate

You can use any cheese really, but these are best.

For any questions, add Josh Steele on Facebook or Twitter@chefjosh613

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