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Overview


Chef Higham is a royal cook. He is one of the three judges of the Curry Festival.[1]

Character Outline

Higham is a considerably aged man, with gray hair, mustache, beard, and sideburns, and thick eyebrows. He dresses in a traditional chef's uniform, that includes a toque, white double-breasted jacket, and checkered pants.[1]

Higham is a stern, austere individual, and a sagacious critic, who has little tolerance for nonsense.[2] He is known for his strict judgment when tasting food and allows no compromises.[3]

Plot

Indian Butler Arc

Higham, along with the other judges (i.e. Carter and Aleister Chamber), is introduced by the host of the Curry Festival.[4] He waits as the chefs cook their meals, and ascends to the stage to taste the food presented to him. Higham takes a bite of the Persian Tabb Company's beef curry, and describes it as extravagant, with the beef cooked well and divided into large chunks. However, he chides the mundane flavor, stating that it has no fragrance due to the use of curry powder. He reprimands the respective chef that it is ridiculous for professional chefs to use curry powder instead of their own selection of spices. Consequently, he and the other judges dismiss the contestants who have committed the same mistake, leaving only Agni and Sebastian Michaelis.[3]

Agni's Curry

Agni's curry.

Agni submits his curry, and Higham is astonished by its contents, characterizing it as a whole homard bleu (i.e. blue lobster) served with red, yellow, and green curries, and asks what delicacy it is. Agni replies that he has made a variety of different levels of spiciness and flavor, and that all the curries perfectly correspond with the blue lobster.[5]

Ch21 Higham impressed by Sebastian's curry

Higham is amazed with Sebastian's curry.

Ch21 Curry bun

Sebastian's curry bun.

Once Higham tastes it, he is overwhelmed by how delicious it is and commends the ambrosial meal.[6] When Sebastian presents his curry bun, Higham is confounded by its unorthodox appearance and demands if it is a prank. Sebastian surprisingly fries it, calling it the curry bun, and Higham tests the quality of the dish. He is thoroughly amazed by its prominent, heavenly taste.[7]

Afterward, the judges accumulate to cast their votes: Higham's vote goes to Funtom Corporation's Sebastian, Carter chooses Harold West's, and Aleister is indecisive. Thus, they declare a tie, which is later overturned by Queen Victoria.[8][9]

Quotes

  • (Referring to Persian Tabb Company's beef curry) "The cuts of beef have not only been stewed to buttery tenderness, they are generously sized as well. It is indeed a sumptuous dish. However, the stock tastes flat and has no aroma, which tells me... you have used curry powder. That a culinary professional would even consider such a thing is reprehensible!"[3]
  • (Referring to Agni's curry) "D-delicious! The flesh is firm and when chewed thoroughly fills the mouth with nuanced sweetness."[6]
  • (Referring to Sebastian Michaelis' curry) "It explodes in the mouth! This is delicious! The contrast between the crunchy exterior and the fluffy interior of the fried bread, not to mention the thick, robust curry finish... It is a most skillfully formulated study in textures. The truly magnificent aspect of this dish is its structure. 'Sealing' the curry in the bread was a stroke of brilliance! The bread literally seals the curry's taste, aroma, everything about it, and blooms in the instant one's knife cuts into it."[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 15
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 33
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 28
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 15
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 30
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 31
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 32-37
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 39-40
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 46-48
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 37

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