Recent Bourdain Episode : Techniques

On the most recent NO RESERVATIONS episode (2, 3, 4, 5), instead of traveling anywhere, Anthony Bourdain and some of his famous chef friends to demonstrated various basic cooking techniques.

I was sort of surprised when Thomas Keller demonstrated the proper technique for roasting a chicken, and he suggested that it was important to allow the chicken to come to room temperature before starting to roast it.

I've heard doing this for beef, especially steaks, but I was always taught that poultry is absolutely crawling with bacteria, and letting it sit out on the counter to take the chill off just sort of scares the bejeezus out of me.

Am I just over reacting?


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