How to cook gourmet steak

I received these tips on how to cook a gourmet steak from the head chef of a famous restaurant:

  • Choose the thickness of the steak based on how rare or well done that you prefer your steak. Thin cuts are better well done, while thicker cuts are better rare.
  • Get aged steak if you can find it. It will have a layer of stuff growing on it which must be thinly sliced away and discarded.
  • If the steak is not aged, at least dry it out. Wrap it in a paper towel and put it in a plastic bag. Change the paper towel daily for a couple of days.
  • On the day before you plan to cook it, put it in a plastic bag with your choice of oil mixed with Herbes de Provence (savory, fennel, basil, thyme).
  • Add either white wine or lemon to the bag a few hours before cooking.
  • Sear at maximum temperature on a cast iron pan with raised grooves.
  • Turn the steak only once near the end of cooking.
  • Allow it to cool somewhat before serving.
  • Pair with red wine.
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