Final of Le Chef de Fer

February 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

The anticipation awaits.

A Saturday morning nothing but dark clouds and sad drizzle, the kitchen was fuming with roaring ovens and chopping sounds on the cutting board, with steady knife cuts. Already 5 minutes late, but it felt like an hour of work had been done even before the scheduled time. Family and friends came swarming in gradually making bee lines towards the restaurants. Behind the scene, everyone was gathering equipments, mise en place, checking the stoves and ovens, bringing out plates and preparing the buffet.

At 1030, cook off. The mysterious “black box” was presented. 30 minutes to create a menu, 30 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook. The pressure heightened. Every half an hour, someone shouted the remaining time. The flames went on faster, the chopping sound became louder, all the cooks walked swiftly and the heart leaped two beats at a time. Best advice at this time: if it ain’t your section, MOVE OVER.

So at 12.30 all the dishes were ready, like the first cookoff, judges were all seated down and served. Someone from the crowd was lucky enough to get chosen as the guest judge. Imagine getting that tough job!

After all the hype, President Joe walked in while we were cleaning up only to realized how much he missed. “Darn, darn, darn!” Well there is always the next time in May. One thing I learn from this is, there are so many flavors to entice our taste palates. The combination of sweet, sour, bitter and spice had never been so tantalizing nor exciting before. My personal favorite was the homemade blue cheese ice cream. Everything was made from scratch including the butter. It makes me wonder where do these people get their inspiration from? Great job everyone!

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