Gooseneck Barnacles

Gooseneck Barnacles

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Chef Guy Turland braves the rocky coastline of Portugal to collect the truly wild and valuable crustacean known as the gooseneck barnacle, but harvesting this delicacy is no easy feat.

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- The Portuguese coastline is renowned for its beautiful, yet foreboding cliffs. These rocky shores have spelled the end to many ships and their sailors. But it's these same shores that are abundant with some of the best seafood in the world. And none are more renowned than the Gooseneck Barnacle. So why are they so dangerous? The Gooseneck Barnacle is found right here on the tide line where the pounding waves break along the rugged coastal rocks. And guess what. It's only one way to collect them. I'm getting in there. G'day guys, I'm Guy Turland from Bondi Harvest and in this series we go in search of the most wonderful ingredients that just happen to be the most dangerous to find. We travel across the globe to meet the people that have made it their life's work to collect the most prized ingredients on the planet. This guy's nuts. Welcome to Food To Die For. This is what we're here for: Gooseneck Barnacle, locally known as Percebes. It doesn't look like much, but once cooked it's sweet, it's delicious, and it's tender, and it is a true delicacy. It's inside this little stocky area here that has the flesh, and the way you get to it is you have to cook it, you have to blanche it. I'm both excited, and nervous to find out why these guys are so dangerous to collect. Let's go see what it takes. Since these guys grow on the rocks bearing the full force of the ocean, the largest and most desirable ones are often found in the most dangerous locations. Zert is a veteran barnacle collector. As we're about to see, what he does is extremely risky. In fact, it's one of the most dangerous professions in the world. How are you? - Hello, good morgan. - Guy. - How are you? My name is Jose. - Nice to meet you. - Thank you very much. - So where are the Gooseneck Barnacles? Where are we going? - All side, where there is the rocks. - Where the waves are? - Yes. - Okay, so we climb down the cliff, - Yes, yes, yes. - To get onto the sharp rocks. - Yes, yes. - In the cold water. - Yep. - To get the Goosenecks. - Yes. - Do look after me please. - Where is the big waves too. - Yeah, yeah. Look after me. - Okay. - All right? - I'll take care of you. - All right, good, good. All right, so you got your wetsuit? - Yeah, yes, wetsuit. - Two piece. - This one little bit old because of the rocks, they make... - Oh, wow. - They destroyed it. - So that's where you got rub and hit - Yeah, yes. - up against the rocks. Let's do this. - It's cool, man. - Woo, woo-hoo. Yeah. - It's good, ah? - Yeah, thick. Bit short though. Colonies of Gooseneck Barnacles cling to the rocks along the Iberian Peninsula. Zert takes me down the rocky cliffs to the wave zone and gets to work. Using a crowbar, Zert pries the barnacles from the rocks between pounding waves. I have to be quick between the swell, otherwise the waves will hit me and bash me against the rocks. As the tide rises, it's time for us to get out of here. We made it. - It's okay? - It's good. - You like my job? - I like, I like my job. - Ah, yes. I'm glad to be out of there. But Zert isn't finished, and we head to another spot where the barnacles are said to be the best. Where are you taking me? You're joking. No. - You see over there? - When I realize he's gonna absail down the rock using nothing but a rope and no harness, I know it's way too dangerous for me. I'm gonna leave this one for you. Zert absails down without a harness, using nothing more that a rock as an anchor. I can't believe, no harness. He's down there with nothing more than a wet suit, a crowbar and a pair of gum boots. This guy is nuts. It's scary watching it from up here. I can only imagine what it's like down there. I mean the surf is like four and a half foot alone. There's a wind, it's cold. I'm getting away from the edge. I can't handle it. Waves continue to hit the rocks, and Zert narrowly misses getting hit. Prying the barnacles takes skill and concentration, which means Zert is not looking at the sea. Watch out! Zert scrambles up the rocks just in time. About three kilos; Gooseneck Barnacles. Is it a Food To Die For? I don't know. I think we should go to the restaurant and find out. What do you reckon? Should we taste some? - Yeah, you can. - Yeah. - Okay, I give you. - I'm heading to the prestigious Two Michelin Star Restaurant, Ocean, to meet the Executive Chef, Hans Neuner. Hans prepares the barnacles in a traditional way, just blanching them in salty water. He also creates a dish that elevates the barnacles to the next level and is a homage to the sea. Okay, so this is the traditional method of cooking the Gooseneck Barnacle, or the Percebes. Blanched in salty, or seawater, just long enough that it's still tender, and not overcooked. To get into it, you wanna eat the muscle bit here. So you grab the toenail, and you give it a twist, and pinch it, and you wanna eat this. Here's the tender flesh. This is the delicacy. This is what you're after; the tender deliciousness. It's sweet, it's salty. It's everything great that comes from the ocean. You can really taste why it's such a delicacy. So that's traditional method. But, we're here at Ocean, and they take it to the next level. They really elevate what is already an amazing, simple dish into something that is world class. I mean, check this out. So the Percebes juice has been used in this lovely foam on top, just to give it a really nice, delicate, amazing punch of flavor. So here we've got corn, Red Snapper, Percebes, and Cornfish. Mmm. It's so delicious. Sharp, jagged rocks, absailing down cliffs, and crashing waves. Is the Gooseneck Barnacle a Food To Die For? You're gonna have to come to Portugal, find out for yourself. Check out the next episode, and we'll see you very soon. Yoo!

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