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Iron Chef - March 4, 2007 - A little less than a happy high
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Iron Chef - March 4, 2007
Our chefs have twice now risen to the challenge, focusing their creative energies to craft sublime dishes from the simplest of ingredients. Their efforts have pleased judges and guests alike, and brought honor to this kitchen stadium.

The surprises of Leek Battle have inspired a slightly different approach to this round. You have shown what you are capable of when allowed to express yourselves through a single ingredient. Your dishes have had all the the intricacy and color of improvisational jazz, and your creations have flourished in this freedom from form. For this battle, I wish to see not what you can do with specific ingredient, but rather what you are able to create while confined to a single dish. The first weekend in March, jazz gives way to rockabilly.

This month's theme is:


CHILI!


Texas Red, New Mexico Green, or perhaps something crazy that we've not even begun to consider... all these things are open to you. Just make it rock.

Plating begins at 1PM on Sunday afternoon, and competitors are encouraged to scale for tasting portions. Judges are encouraged to come hungry. A selection of beverages will be available should you choose to pair your dish. (Suggestions on this front are appreciated.) If competitors have access to crockpots, their use is strongly encouraged since I have all of four burners available. All other rules are available here.

SPECIAL NOTE: It's Pablo's b-day on the 5th, but you didn't hear it here.

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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: February 16th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I pity those who have to sleep with the judges after 4 bowls of chili.
*grin*
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sacrifices must be made!
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: February 16th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall start carving my tasting spoon from a bigger spoon.
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be a horrible thing if your spoon were too big.
stochasticgirl From: stochasticgirl Date: February 16th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will someone come up with a dessert chili??
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm personally hoping for green chile chocolate gelato, but time will tell.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: February 16th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
please tell me that you all will only be able to speak in quotes from The Simpson's Chili Cookoff episode...
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to get drunk as a poet on payday.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: February 16th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mind qualifying your "ingredient" a bit? Are there ingredients, textures, proportions, or other markers of "chili" for this competition?
Your call for crockpots suggests "yes," your gelato idea suggests "no."

We talking:
possessing chiles? possessing high heat? possessing cumin? possessing beans? possessing ground meat? possessing tomatoes? possessing a stewlike texture? necessitating bowl & spoon serving? necessitating many napkins in its consumption? necessitating long, slow cooking?

Give me some markers for what you'd define as "chili" that I may run all the way to the borders of rockabilly & present to you my most metro-retro concoction!

Also, if there are any dietary restrictions (like the lovely Ms. V's problems with coriander/cilantro last time), could you make 'em known now?
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far as I'm aware, we're not dealing with dietary restrictions this go.

As for what constitutes chili, that all depends on who you ask, doesn't it? Purists from every area of the Southwest and even further will argue what makes "authentic" chili, what it should be served on/with, and even how spicy it should be. The original challenge stemmed from a discussion as to whether a bunch of East Coasters (and I realize there are exceptions in the field) could get down in a chili competition.

I've already cleared vegetarian chili, chili dogs, St. Louis style and a whole bunch of other things as "fine, so long as they're good." If you go too far afield, you risk either the wrath or the praise of the judges. That's just part of the challenge. Basically, play to the judges, not to me or some arbitrary rules set.

And I do think I could make a chocolate & green chile gelato work. I just need an ice-cream maker and a bit of time.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: February 16th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Homer: Well of course, everything looks bad if you remember it.

komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let him go. He knows what he's doing.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: February 16th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
OOO!! I wish I could play - I already have THAT one in the bag!
komos From: komos Date: February 16th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do tell. What havoc would you wreak upon my judges?
From: lastcallforcorn Date: February 16th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's been a while since i've been *this* jealous of a post coming from your neck of the woods.
komos From: komos Date: February 21st, 2007 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Come east!
tarotchan From: tarotchan Date: February 17th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
what a fucking awesome theme.. hrm I need to make a foodie icon..
komos From: komos Date: February 21st, 2007 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
This is the best I got. Prior to this, I was using the "Kenya" lion with knife and fork.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: February 17th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Brew me a chili worthy of Mordor. . . .

Chili is one of the few dishes I can execute really well. Aside from making tomato sauce, chili is My Dish. And I can do meat or veggie, either way.

And I make it in great bulk on the cheap, for weeks of inexpensive but satisfying lunches or dinner ready to grab from the freezer. You know that brief shot of Saruman in Fellowship walking through the pits beneath Isengard as his army takes shape, surveying with satisfaction the building and smelting and breeding and arming? That's me, making my chili. Each time I lift the lid to stir, I hum Saruman's six-note leitmotif from the score. No joke.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: February 17th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
"Brew me a chili worthy of Mordor. . . ."

*laughing
forever*
From: archer823 Date: February 17th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I cannot make the date but damn what a great topic to tackle! I can totally see it. Dessert chili!
komos From: komos Date: February 21st, 2007 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a drag. We'll have to get you on the next go.
bushidokelt From: bushidokelt Date: February 20th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

dessert chilli?

Um, I'm a little confused.
Isn't the goal to prepare Chili, a type of entre? wouldn't a dessert using chile peppers, not be in fact, chili?
komos From: komos Date: February 20th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: dessert chilli?

It's entirely at the discretion of the judges as to what they will or will not accept, and "use of theme" is one of the categories for judging.

Just make it awesome.
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