Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Headline Top Chef Challenge

For some crazy reason we drove for 5 months today to go to a bbq in Oxfordshire for all of 2 and a bit hours. But it was to see Andy’s old school mates, who he hadn’t seen in a very long time. By the time we were nearing London, traffic picked up in conjunction with hunger and dinner planning inevitably came up for discussion.

I created a Top Chef challenge – I would read the top 2 headlines on BBC news on my blackberry and we would each use our headline for inspiration for dinner.

Andy’s headline “BP makes new big to plug oil leak”
Andy’s interpretation started with green apple inspired by the BP green logo, wrapped in bacon and sautéed – on the plate the bacon apples formed a sort of conceptual oil leak. Then, the actual oil was green pumpkin seed oil mixed with cream cheese to ‘cap’ the nice sourdough loaf of bread.

Beth’s headline “Rosetta probe passes space rock”
I went for the great british classic – insta-mix Angel Delight in wonderfully artificial strawberry flavour for rosetta coloring, topped with a pink and white marshmallow biscuit and Saturn-Ringed in strawberry sauce, all sprinkled with watermelon pop rocks space dust to pass the space rock.

Andy may have won on taste, but my presentation was better.


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