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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...
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