Fire, that gift from the rogue Titan, Prometheus, predates any written history. In fact, evidence in the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, evidence indicates that fire has been used by humans at least a million years ago. Some research indicates even further back, some two millions years. Wood, plant fiber, animal dung, fat, coal, gas, electric have been used to transform raw foods into something more edible or tasty.
It was about 150 years ago that a controllable stove was invented and roasting and boiling of foods gave way to more precise cooking leading to the elegant cuisine of the 1800s. How convenient it is to have in the kitchen an appliance fueled by gas or electric heat.
Master of Flames and Flavor
Chef Michael Hutchings