Our chopped challenge begins with the appetizer round. We’ll be posting live updates through the day, so check back often! Our voters were generally kind, hopefully our judges will be kind as well, though we don’t expect them to be as kind as the Dalai Lama himself.
Appetizer Round Courtesy of Linda from Savoring Every Bite:
Who will be the last man (or woman) standing? Stay tuned…the challenge starts NOW.
while Chef Mom is scoring some polenta on a cookie sheet.
And at the end of round one, and with some heated debate between the judges, Mr. N delivers the news:
ChefDad, you’ve been chopped.
Now on to the entrée round!
The ballots were cast and taking 43% of the votes was the Bewitching Kitchen basket provided by Sally which includes:
The kitchen has been cleaned, the ingredients are at the ready and the Chefs are on to round two. Who will survive the chopping block in this round? Will Chef Mom continue to dominate? Or will Chef Dad, his competitive juices flowing, win the hearts of the judges this round? Stay tuned…
The Chefs are definitely getting tired (especially after a late night), but they’re persevering. Chef Mom is adding some sesame oil to the buckwheat noodles. Is there an Asian inspired dish on the way?
Only one Chef’s dish will survive this round. Whose plate will be on the chopping block this round?
It was a close call – really the judges couldn’t pick a favorite on taste (both were a success), but let’s just say Chef Dad may have unduly influenced the judges on his presentation. Later this week we’ll post our final dishes and recipes. Now before the Chefs return to the kitchen for the final dessert round, it’s time to do some dishes. I suppose we could bribe the little judges for help with this, but that’s doubtful.
The dishes are done, the floor is swept and the contestants are back for the final round (exhausted though they may be). The dessert basket was a landslide victory for Kay from Pure Complex. Her basket came in with 88% of the votes out of the more than 100 cast; and we have to say, this one has caused some perplexed looks on the faces of our Chefs. The final basket includes:
Who will go big and who will go home? Chef Mom is feeling the pressure and Chef Dad is unsure if he’ll have a home run or a total shut out. The final round of the contest starts NOW. (You’ll have to bear with us as the rest of the pictures will be less than stellar as we’ve now lost all trace of natural light…)
Chef Mom for hitting it out of the park with her dessert round! Sorry Chef Dad. You put up a valiant effort here today, and you certainly took the cake when it came to creativity. You had three delicious plates and your lobster was definitely superior, but only one can be named chopped champion here today, so we’re sorry to say Chef Dad, you’ve been chopped.
That said, every dish whipped up here today easily stood on its own merits. It was a fun, often times hilarious and tasty way to celebrate the New Year together. Many thanks to everyone that offered up their basket suggestions, to everyone that voted and to everyone that has followed along here today. We’ll be back tomorrow with the recipes from our appetizer challenge. Until then, Happy New Year! We wish you all a wonderful 2012!
Cheers and good night. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.