Chefs Serve Meal Cooked on Erupting Volcano
When Iceland's Fimmvorduhals volcano first started erupting several weeks ago hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes, but very quickly the traffic started moving the other direction as tourists flocked to see the spewing lava via helicopter and guided vehicle tours. One couple experienced it a little differently, though as they spent a romantic evening volcano-side eating a gourmet meal prepared and cooked directly on the hot lava. Fridgeir Eiriksso, the head chef at Reykjavik's Holt hotel, first came up with the idea and took three of his colleagues with him up the side of the mountain to find a good spot for cooking, saying 'We did not know what to expect, so we brought welder masks and gloves since we wanted to cook the food on the lava itself.'
The two customers paid about £650 each for transportation via helicopter to the site and a meal of soup, flaming lobster, monkfish, and shallots along with champagne and a beautiful view of the volcano's crater. The experiment was considered a great success but chef Eiriksso says there are no plans to offer it again.
Gallery: Dining on the Fimmvorduhals Volcano