2011 moved Chef-Off from the condo to the house. A bigger kitchen doesn’t seem to hurt, but the next house purchase may keep Chef-Off more specifically in mind (two ovens, two stoves, two everything, right?).
Another year more successful than the last. Yet another change to the plan. Dessert was moved to a bonus round between crowd favorite and judge’s favorite. I now realize that this may have been a mistake, since I have to recall seven dishes instead of just five! No, two winners is always better than one, though only one gets their name on the apron.
Here were the teams and their ingredients:
David & Jason on appetizer: Fuyu persimmons, canned creamed corn & lychee. Bonus: Maple syrup
David & Jason made “nachos”: Recipe
Noah on appetizer: Bittersweet chocolate, chayote squash & wasabi. Bonus: Doritos
Noah made a dessert qualifying dish, a wasabi, bacon, chocolate topped cracker: Recipe
Suzanne & Todd on entrée: Guava nectar, cabbage & quinoa. Bonus: Plantains
Suzanne & Todd made something tasty: Recipe
Tim & Temple on entrée: Okra, mustard greens & Branston pickle. Bonus: Whiskey
Tim & Temple made the other dessert qualifying dish: Recipe
Victoria on entrée: Caramel candy, spam & barley. Bonus: Peppadew peppers
Victoria made a spam & barley spinach salad with a caramel dressing: Recipe
Temple & Tim made peaches and fruit roll-up syrup with whipped cream and currants.
Noah made Lucky Charms bird nests and WON.