This time, I'm bragging about my Anisa. She competed in the Titanium Chef competition on Saturday. She was signed up/volunteered to compete by her friend, Kashif, and was partnered up with her other friend, Michelle. Someone told them not to expect to win, since it's their first competition, but to see it as really great practice....and if they DID place, it would be a bonus. The competition earns them points toward some certificate (I can't remember, but it's a good one heehee).
There were 12 teams of 2 people competing. The main dish was duck. They could prepare it the way they wanted. They also had to prepare side dishes. The girls had decided to make a watercress salad and au gratin potatoes. Before they started, they were given a box with ingredients they had to incorporate into their recipes. Anisa's and Michelle's box had things like cherries, oranges, pine nuts, spices and other yummy things. They cooked, they sweat, they rushed, they sliced, diced and simmered. They had to prepare 2 plates for the judges. One plate was for show, the other was for the judges to eat.
After they had finished they turned in their food to be judged. After all the competitors turned in all their plates and the judges were done tallying they announced winners.
Anisa and Michelle came in 3rd!!!!!!! They asked the judges about what they liked/didn't like about the food, or presentation of the food. They got mostly positives, but the negative they got was about the oranges. The judges said they didn't know what to do with the oranges, were they decoration, dessert, what?? They said to incorporate them into one of the sides or main dish. The girls got medals and certificates. Anisa said she had so much fun that she's kind of leaning more toward a general culinary degree now, instead of baking and pastry. She's going to talk to the Master Chef and then her counselors to see what she should do. Crazy kid.
Here are the girls with their medals and their plates. :)