Pippa Middlehurst on ‘noodle science’, her new cookery school and finally knowing which soy sauce to buy

Giulia Zonza Photography
Giulia Zonza Photography

At one point or another, most of us in lockdown will have tried out a new recipe – and failed. Perhaps you couldn’t bring your sourdough starter to life, or maybe your hand-cut noodles were too thick, too chewy or too much of a sloppy mess. At the time, you probably weren’t thinking about what was happening on a molecular level. But for cancer research scientist-turned-cook Pippa Middlehurst, “it’s the way my brain understands the world”.

Two years ago, Middlehurst swapped her lab coat for an apron to pursue her love of Asian cooking – and even appeared on and won the first series of Britain’s Best Home Cook on BBC One – but the decision was less a choice of one over the other, and more a merging of two passions. “It sounds silly that there would be so much science involved with noodles,” she tells

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TL;DR: Enjoy deliciously fried food without the guilt. Grab an air fryer for up to $150 off at Best Buy or Target as of June 15. 


Summer is unofficially all about fried food. It’s everywhere we look, from french fries on the boardwalk to fried Oreos at the street fair. Yes, these aren’t the healthiest meals to be indulging in, but who can resist? Well, with an air fryer, you don’t have to. 

While you may not be able to control the parade of fried food outside your home, you can control what is made inside your home. Trade in the oil for — that’s right — air, and you’ll be on your way to healthier

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