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A little less than a happy high
Iron Chef-ish
I've sent out an email on this, but it looks like my mailer truncated the mail list so I'm posting here as well. I'm also going to take the opportunity to tweak the ruleset a little.

At any rate, this coming Sunday, I'll be announcing a secret ingredient for the battle on Saturday, November 12th. I'm allowing a week because I'll be collecting and approving proposed items beforehand so that we don't have 6 versions of the same dish or of the same course. I'll be looking for 4-6 "chefs" (I've already heard from three) and 3 judges (one definite, one possible).

The majority of the preparation must be done off-site. My kitchen lacks sufficient counter space and equipment support six people working from scratch. Plating and final heating prep will be accommodated within reason.

Participants are responsible for their own ingredients and equipment. Dishes should be prepared with the assumption that there will be modest tasting portions for up to ten people (i.e. the chair, 3 judges, 4-6 competing chefs). I'll have munchies (and possibly a soup or stew) kicking around for spectators in case there isn't a lot of spillover from the judging. I anticipate, though, that there will be a lot of food, so don't feel like you need to double recipes.

For sake of argument, use of cookbooks/recipes is permitted. All recipes should be credited, however, and if you do go this route, it is far preferable that you use recipes as templates rather than slavishly following someone else's instructions. Creativity is, after all, one of the criteria for judging...

Judging will be based on a familiar 20 point scale. A possible of five points will be given in each of the following categories: 1) Taste, 2) Creativity, 3) Presentation, and 4) Use of Theme Ingredient.

We'll go with this for starters. If there's something obvious I've left out or if you have other ideas (like what the winner "wins," for example), let me know.


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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitley interested in cooking or judging. However, I may be busy that day, so I'll have to see.
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me know as soon as you do. I'm listing people as they respond...

Did you get the Jinx workup I did?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I like it on concept.
I need to do some tasting of the original again, as I've only had one sip to date, and have no clue where to go with it as of now. I think I'll pick some up on the way home tonight, maybe Downtown in Davis will have some cold for me. ^_^
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both of the hops are big bitter hops, which kind of had me stumped as to what to do. I figure the lesser of the two might provide a little more character, but we'll probably want to sniff the options before settling on a final plan.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recall it having very little hop profile at all, so I'm not to concerned about that portion.
apeyanne From: apeyanne Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanna be an iron chef! Count me in!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're number four... it's on.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: November 3rd, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you get my email this morn?
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got you down as a judge since you weren't sure about cooking...
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: November 7th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll perfect either my annoying food critic or clueless actress persona STAT.
komos From: komos Date: November 7th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scott's already beaten you to the clueless actress personna, so we're down to annoying food critic, minor elected official, or random pop culture icon.
tarotchan From: tarotchan Date: November 3rd, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn wish I could be in the boston area for that kinda fun
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you find yourself in town... ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
For cooking, I assume?
why_style From: why_style Date: November 3rd, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
sound like a pretty good plan. i don't remember if i posted my thoughts when you brought this up before, but just in case here's what i've gotten from my experiene:

we did an iron chef style battle last year around thanksgiving with just 2 chefs, 1 chair, and 6 judges. i can tell you the main problem we ran into was stuff getting cold before we could get to it (i'm assuming you don't have a solution for keeping things warm in your home). as you have mentioned a limited size kitchen you've probably thought of this, but i'd recommend each chef having the kitchen to him or herself and each chef presenting their dishes seperately. this would probably solve the other main problem we faced too: way too much food. i think we had a total of around 9 or 10 dishes and even with small portions it was a bit much toward the end. a break between each chef may be welcomed by the judges.

also, we used a number system to try and keep things anonymous for the sake of fairness, but it turned out that it was pretty obvious who'd made what anyway. plus having all the dishes finished at once just contributed to the temperature and amount problems so i'd recommend against anonymity if you're reasonably sure there won't be favoritism.

for ours the prize was supposed to be that the winner got to be the next chair and pick the next contestants and theme ingredient. unfortunately though, due to certain circumstances, we have yet to hold a sequel. good luck - it sounds like fun and i wish i was in boston to enjoy the festivities.
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking that rolling use of the kitchen would be something that the chair would have to manage. Dishes will be presented sequentially, so that will make some of the late prep a little more manageable. So long as someone isn't attempting to craft a souffle on the spot, we should be fine.

I'm hoping that the inevitable spectators and encouragement to not double recipes will alleviate and issues with excess food.

Passing the chair is a possibility, but I'm wondering if I should keep at it until it starts taking a life of its own. Have to discuss it with the participants once I've announced...
why_style From: why_style Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
i agree that keeping the chair yourself for now could be helpful in keeping it going at the outset. of course you don't get a chance to show off your own mad skillz then. i'm not sure what to offer as far as prizes though. isn't honor enough?

we did have a souffle which definitely was an issue, though perhaps more one of the chef's sanity than anything else ;)
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It also gives me an excuse to go out and find a really outrageous jacket...
starboogie From: starboogie Date: November 3rd, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you'll announce the ingredient on LJ for those of us who want to play along at home!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure thing. It'd be cool if I could get bios on participants and judges, too, but that might be going too far.

I'm also thinking about photographing the dishes as they're presented. Have to see how that works out.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: November 7th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, this sounds like fun! I look forward to hearing about how it turns out :-)
komos From: komos Date: November 7th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it should be fun, and I'm going to do my best to document the goings on... hopefully with pictures. Looks as though we've got a full roster this time around, too.
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