A meat-lover has divided opinion after asking the internet whether he's a bad person for refusing to make a $120 (£90) cut of steak well done.
Taking to Reddit, the man explained how the woman in question was the date of one of his friends and she believed that it needs to be 'brown all the way through', something he didn't want to do.
Of course, this bloke told her that he's cooked them to the 'ideal temperature for the cut' and when she demanded that he cook hers for longer he replied: "Not a chance."
Taking to the infamous 'Am I The A**h***' subreddit, the guy explained how the entire interaction resulted in him having his phone number and social media accounts blocked by both his friend and the woman.
He starts his post by setting the scene that the evening was to be an 'extravagant Friendsgiving' and said how he'd got the strip loin of A5 Wagyu really cheap.
Then he explained how passionate about meat he is, writing: "We had an array of dishes but I was responsible for cooking the meat.
"Steak is about the closest thing I have to a religion and I take it very seriously. The average steak for me takes about 4-5 hours to prepare and cook from the sous vide to the cast iron, to plate though sometimes I take as much as 3-4 months butter aging or dry aging my meats to be certain that they are perfect."
Could anyone be bothered, really?!
The man explained how he 'sous vide' - vacuum-sealed and immersed in warm water (you're welcome) - them to medium rare and told his pals that if it was 'absolutely necessary' he would bring them up to medium on request.
Then he goes on: "She sees the first person cut into their steak and sees pink and she is just mortified."
He added: "She immediately demanded that I cook hers till it was brown all the way through and I firmly said, 'Not a chance.' She proceeded to get angry and yell that it was her steak and she should have it how she liked.
"I told her that there were plenty of other meats to choose from as well as a plethora of side-dishes that she could have but her steak was not being made well-done in my house. She said, 'F*****g a**h***,' then she got up and started to stick the steak in the microwave.
"I shot up and grabbed it out of her hand first at which point half of the steak fell onto the ground. My dogs quickly got to it to which I said, 'Well, at least it went to someone who wouldn't s*** on a good steak'. From there, there was definitely tension from that end of the table. They ate a little bit then hurriedly left." Yikes.
In response, people seemed a divided over the man's question. One wrote: "I don't think asking for your steak to be prepared how your comfortable with is rude."
Another said: "OP is not a chef OP is a cook. A chef prepares food that their guests want. This isn't a restaurant it's friendsgiving. Being pretentious about food isn't what spending time with friends is about."
A third added: "If you overcook it all that fat will drain out of it and you'll be left with a gnarled and much shrunken piece of meat. Serving it that way is ruining it and what it exists for. The cook is absolutely correct to suggest that someone who wants it that way should not have wagyu at all, any more than you should serve well-done sushi or pasta cooked to the mushiness of Spaghetti-Os. It's not pretentiousness, it's competence."
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