The inaugural Chef-Off was an exciting experiment that was a wonderful learning experience for all involved, at least for Ryan.
Lesson #1: Give the chefs time limits (I’m looking at you, Victoria and Brian).
Lesson #2: This is a lot of work, but well worth it!
Lesson #3: That work means that Ryan probably shouldn’t cook (a lesson not learned until two years later).
Lesson #4: Providing every possible pantry ingredient necessary means that there will be a lot of food left over for Ryan and Tim to try and eat for years to come.
Here were the teams and their ingredients:
JaeAnn on appetizer: Mushrooms, Krab and tofu
JaeAnn made stuffed mushrooms: Recipe
Victoria and Brian on appetizer: Mango, figs and Japanese eggplant
Victoria and Brian made the WINNING dish, kebabs: Recipe
Tim P on entree: Crab legs and claws, tabouli and sweet hot chili sauce
Tim made crab cakes: Recipe
Jason & Jason on dessert: Avocado, canned pumpkin and banana
Jason & Jason made nuclear cupcakes: Recipe