How to Make an Egg Yolk Omelette Without Angering James Corden

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I am convinced that being rich and famous does terrible things to your brain. It seems to rob you of empathy, especially when you’re a mid-level celebrity with mid-low talent whose only real trick is to get really talented people to sing in a car with you. That’s how it is with James Corden, who was fired from New York’s Balthazar restaurant for throwing a tantrum when his wife’s “egg yolk omelette” turned up with something white in the mix.

You can read restauranteur Keith McNally’s Instagram post for the full cup of tea, but the short version is that the not-so-funny man berated a waiter for the obnoxious omelette and then threw a fit over some potatoes:

A few minutes after they received the food James called their waiter MK and told her there was a bit of egg white mixed with the yolk. MK informed the floor manager G. The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with homemade fries instead of salad. That’s when James Corden started yelling at the server like crazy, “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go to the kitchen and make the omelette myself!”

This is obviously an embarrassing way for a grown man to behave. In terms of things that are offensive but not technically a crime, in my opinion, being rude to people in the service industry is one of the most repulsive things a person can do. I also very much doubt that James Corden could make an egg yolk omelet that was completely devoid of white, because separate eggs is easy to make but hard to make perfect as the two servings come from the same bowl and tend to stick together. I also very much doubt that his wife would have been able to taste the white spot if she had her eyes closed. But being rude to waiters almost never really has anything to do with the food. It’s more often a desperate attempt to exert power over someone in order to feel like a big important person.

I'm sorry Mr Corden.  please don't yell at me

I’m sorry Mr Corden. please don’t yell at me
photo: Claire Nieder

Anyway, as a huge fan of egg yolks and dislike of James Corden, I find this story delicious. An egg yolk omelet? Quite tasty too, albeit a little less cost effective than a regular whole egg omelette. The omelet you see at the top of this blog required four egg yolks and took five bites to eat. Egg yolks also contain less protein than a whole egg — 2.7 grams versus 6 grams.

Nevertheless, they taste very good. They are rich, almost cheesy and wonderfully delicate. I like to cook mine over low heat until the top is set but still looks a little damp, then roll them up and just season with salt and pepper.

Table of Contents

Egg yolk omelet


  • 4 (or more) egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter
  • Large pinch of salt
  • More salt and pepper

Separate your yolks from their whites. Use your hands to do this, making sure to drip as much white as possible through your fingers to avoid upsetting James Corden’s wife and getting yelled at by James Corden.

Lightly stir the yolks with a fork and season with a very generous pinch of salt. Place a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and melt the butter in the skillet. Pour the yolks into the pan and allow to cook undisturbed until the edges look dry but the top still looks moist. Roll the omelette with a spatula, then transfer to a plate and season with more salt and pepper.

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