Behold, the mathematical formula behind the perfect roast potato

Danielle Fowler
·Freelance Writer
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University students have come up with a mathematical formula which could help you to cook perfect spuds every single time [Photo: Getty]

Students from the Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex recently joined forces with maths experts at the Samuel Whitbread School in Bedfordshire to come up with a formula for creating the perfect roast potato.

Yes, the students collaborated to calculate the precise measurements needed to cook a golden spud and apparently, the key is maximising the surface area of the potatoes.

As opposed to slicing the spuds into quarters before roasting them, the students first cut the potatoes lengthways and then again at an angle of approximately 30 degrees.

“We’re going for a formula which takes the three radii of the potato and it multiplies them altogether so that you can figure out the surface area,” a student from the Samuel Whitbread School told ITV News.

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Will you be testing out the formula this weekend? [Photo: Getty]

The students then used Heston Blumenthal’s legendary roast potato recipe to cook the spuds before professional chefs trialled the roasties to test whether or not the ‘Edge Hotel School Method’ is a triumph.

And with resounding compliments all round, it seems there’s a new potato set to take over the Sunday dinner table.

Will you be trialling the formula this weekend?

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