I won tickets to Monday night’s chefs duel over crab.Dang, I wish I was one of the judges, because those of us who were not judges ate tasty appetizers, but no crab!Here are some pictures I took.I apologize for the quality: I need to (a)check that my battery is charged before leaving home and (b)check the settings on the point and shoot camera before pointing and shooting! Don’t bother enlarging. The pictures look best small 😀
This one is a look down the bar at all the trays of food that had been set out, cleaned, ready to use, depending on what the chef wanted for the competition.
Radicchio, peppers, basil, thyme, green onions, and a lovely hunk of ginger.
Fingerling potatoes! Red baby potatoes! Yukon Golds! Are you hungry yet?
Several types of tomatoes, some dill, apples, cucumbers, and peppers. Oh yeah, some pears, too!
Aromatics: leeks, yellow and red onions, and a whole whack of a tubfull of peeled garlic cloves.
Here we have some plantain, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and some mammoth carrots. These aincho baby carrots.
Screams guacamole, doesn’t it? A couple of avocados, some limes, lemons, and oranges.
Slab of awesome bacon, the package not yet opened, and some chorizo sausage.
Dairy products! Dang, I missed a shot of the $450 hunk of Parmesan. Just relax and imagine the richness these ingredients brought to the dishes.
Not the secret ingredient! But Ingredients I would have gladly munched, raw, because they looked so fresh.
Aw shucks.(You didn’t think I was going to pass on that, did you?)Some nice freshly shucked Malpeques.
Cheeeeze, pleeeeeze.Some boccancino on a skewer with a basil leaf and teeny tomato, plus some maple cheddar from Black River Dairy in Prince Edward county, and some heart-stoppingly wonderful marbelized carmelized onion cheddar, and I don’t know the name of the dairy: send it to me and I’ll fix this.
Awesome steaks.Some were used to create a Steak Diane using some mashed potatoes, grated Parmesan cheese and (yum yum) secret ingredient, crab, all mixed together, placed on top of the steak. Me wants. Damn, me not judge, so me didn’t get.
Master of ceremonies, Dick Snyder, announcing the winner! Chef Gordon Mackie of Far Niente. Chef Bruce Woods of Brassaii put up an admirable fight.