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Since there is not a new episode tonight, the BTC kitchen thought it would be fun for everyone to do his or her own Quick Fire Challenge.
Here is how it will work:
- Read the challenge below.
- Create a chef name for yourself (optional) or you can use Anonymous
- Select one of the 7 previous challenges.
- Write what you would do in this challenge, (enter your reply either in the comment area or email us).
- We will let this post run for a couple of days to allow time for you to write your response.
As we receive them, we will copy and paste your emails or comments here in the post area and watch the post grow. Be creative, have fun and good luck to everyone.
Step 1: Select one of the previous Quick Fire Challenges -
Amuse Bouche (Vending machine food only)
Step 2: Unlike the chef contestants, you will not have the Kenmore Pro Kitchen to work with. You may use one or several of the following:
An "Easy Bake Oven" with extra light bulb
A George Foreman grill
A hand mixer
A toaster oven
A bunsen burner
A camp fire or camping stove
An ice bucket
Plus any normal kitchen utensils (well if you have unusual kitchen utensils, tell us about those too)
You knew we had to throw a twist in here.
Step 3: Select one of the remaining Chefs to judge your food and tell us why.
Your time begins... when you are ready. Take all the time you need.
The prize...everyone is a winner for trying.
From Chef Mother Hubbard
I'd go for the ice cream Quickfire.
I would cube rugelach and stir them into a vanilla ice cream enhanced with sour cream and a cinnamon-sugar swirl. I would use the hand mixer to blend the liquid mixture. I'd then fill the ice bucket with crushed ice, nest the bowl with the cream mixture in it, and keep stirring the mixture and scrapingthe sides. I'd gently stir in the pastry and cinnamon swirl when the mixture was semi-frozen and continue to stir and scrape until the whole thing was almost solid.
I would have Ilan judge it as the one cheftestant who might understand a Jewish cuisine-based creation.
From our Email, Chef Lora
Hi! I love Top Chef (didn't watch the first season, but am thoroughly enjoying it) and I love your blog. I think this is a great idea for a challenge to the readers and I'm looking forward to the results.
I would choose to do the canned good challenge because I don't know how to flambe', make sushi, or make ice cream. I don't like Bailey's and I wouldn't have a clue on the vending machine challenge.
When I saw your list of kitchen items, I immediately knew which one I would choose: the George Foreman grill! This thing is fantastic. I use it to make paninis. Who needs to spend big bucks on a panini maker when all you need is a $15 George Foreman grill?
Tuna Melt Panini
Mix the following in a bowl:
Can of albacore tuna
Chopped canned artichoke hearts, not marinated kind
Half a can of garbanzo beans
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper
Some hot pepper flakes
Little bit of mayo (just a hint)
Place slice of bread on GF grill. Add a slice of provolone or white American cheese (Elia will obviously not be judging this). Scoop half the mixture onto the bread. Place another slice of cheese and then bread. Close the grill.
In about 5 minutes, it will be crusty and melted and delicious! This is enough to make two paninis. I'd probably plate them by slicing them diagonally and arranging the four halves on a plate. Serve with potato chips (from the vending machine, of course!)
Now, who would I want to judge my QF challenge? I don't think Cliff, Marcel, or Elia would appreciate it. (I'm sure Elia would speet it out!) But Betty or Michael might like it. My favorite chef is Ilan, though. So I would be interested to see what he thinks of it.
From Chef Actor
O.K. I'll play...I'll do the Baileys Challenge ..the best way to do this is by the glow of an Easy Bake Oven!
I call it a Cininmon Oatmeal Rasion Cookie
2 count Baileys Irish Cream,
2 count Kettle One Vodka,
2 count Butter Schnapps
and one count Gold Schlagger
put in a shaker add ice shake well and strain into glass if you want you can put over ice! Packs a wallop and taste just like the cookie!
From Chef Penny
I'll take the Baileys challenge.
First off I'd have to taste test the Baileys, and since it was so good, I'd drink the whole bottle and forget what I was doing in the first place.
Then I would stumble around until I spotted the vending machine and of course I wouldn't have any change so I'd get mad and start shaking the machine and kicking it until a lone Snickers bar would fall out.
After eating half of it, I would mold it into a ball. With nothing else on hand to work with, I'd go dumpster diving (remember that I did drink an entire bottle of Baileys by myself) to see what I could find.
Oh yeah baby, Mike didn't use all of his Cheetoo's! I'd take them back to the kitchen and stick a few on top of my Snicker ball, using a few of the nuts for eyes and a nose.
When the judges came by to see my wonderful creation of molecular gastronomy and they asked WTF is that? I'd belch out loud and say......"It's a moose bitch!" Get it?, Amuse Bouche=A Moose Bitch.
I'm drunk on Baileys so it's funny to me! LMBO.
From Chef Jazzikins
Hi there from Jazzikins....ok, I'll try this.
The Amuse thing using vending machine food and a toaster oven (Going with what is usually in our vending machines at work).......death by chocolate amuse thing....
2 packs of shortbread cookies
2 packs of mini-kisses,
one pack of almond M&M's
plus 1 large cup of hot cocoa from the coffee machine (mostly for the chef LOL)
Top cookies with mini-kisses, place in toaster oven, let kisses melt down, top with almond M&M's for the amuse thing...then on the side I'd have the hot cocoa in an espresso cup.
I'd choose Elia (who else when it comes to chocolate LOL!) to sample it.
From Chef Edward
Drink might have a name but we used to call them a White Pollack. (Variation on a White Russian). Half a glass of ice, 3 shots of bailey, 2 shots of Vodka,pour Heavy Cream over, serve seperated.
2 Cups flour
1.5 cup cream
Take Flour and mix in the eggs, slowly add cream as you mix, add salt. Let set for a minute while you make the center. Mix 2 parts farmers cheese with 1 part prunes and a bit of butter. Heat till warm but not boiling.
Heat pan with butter, make small pancake and cook till solid, flip and brown a little. Apply to plate and insert enough center to be a little oozing, roll and hold with toothpick.