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How do they cook the eggs on TV?

I know there is an easy answer to this.....but can someone please tell me how all the chefs on Top Chef cook their eggs so the Egg White is perfectly cooked and shaped, while the yolk stays perfectly bright yellow and in the middle of the egg? I have tried a few different ways.....to no avail!!

Help please!!!!

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  1. put the eggs into a pot and cover about an inch with cold water. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then dunk the eggs into cold water.

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    1. re: bw2082

      That will do fine for boiled egg, but I dont want that shape, I want a fried egg, with the egg yolk sitting on top of the circular egg white....

    2. i don't know how they get the yolk in the middle but maybe they fry them in a ring so they will be perfectly circular. Also, the fresher the edd, the higher the yolk will sit up.

      1. I have a feeling they cut the eggs with a circle cutter, how else?
        I'm pretty good at making a fried egg and I can get it close but not perfect like they do.
        They are using the freshest of eggs also. I wish I had access to farm fresh eggs. When I've had the opportunity to have them, the color is a brilliant orangey-yellow and the egg taste soooo good. Absolute perfection.

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        1. re: chef chicklet

          most restaurants will use a cutter to trim the eggs before plating. i never watch cooking shows, so have no idea what those top chef clowns do.

          i maneuver mine while it cooks with a slotted spoon, and that includes trimming ragged edges, or turning them under. you need to pay attention to when the yolk starts going from translucent to more opaque, so it doesn't get too hard.

        2. Unless they show the cooking process from end to end with no cuts, remember they have food artists. A food artist will work for hours to get the perfect shot.

          1. i have a small round egg pan which produces perfect round fried eggs. so i got carried away and also bought one for omelettes. now i can make perfect egg sandwiches on english muffins or bagels using my pan. so they are available. maybe thats what they use ? j

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            1. re: foodwich

              i have worked in restaurants 17 years and never seen one of those pans in a professional kitchen.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                sorry, my home is not a restaurant, nor am i a professional cook. i was just sharing an idea.

                1. re: foodwich

                  no intention to rankle, sorry. i'm just presuming those top chef peeps at least "pretend" to cook like they would in a restaurant situation?

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    none taken. thank you sick with the flu so touchy on most subjects at present.