In my cooking life—both as a professional chef and as a home cook—I have frequently used a small kitchen torch. For real flaming help in the kitchen, though, I much prefer a full-size blowtorch. But it's also good for many, many other tasks that a cute little kitchen torch can't really accomplish. A full sized torch makes quicker work of those fancy sugar crusts—as well as toasted meringues. Wave the torch's flame back and forth against the surface of the pepper—you may have to play with distance a bit depending on the output of the torch you're using.