ENGG Week – Iron Chef

One of the (many) competitions in ENGG Week is Iron Chef. The rules are similar to the actual TV show: you have a secret ingredient (maple syrup), have to make an appetizer, main dish and dessert in 90 minutes and have to have a team of 3 students and 2 professors. I was at first a bit hesitant about helping out (cooking under pressure in front of many people and not in  my own kitchen? Can you say anxiety?), but then I realized that this challenge was right up my alley and got really into it.

What was on the menu, you ask? Well, we had to make something that could  be made with materials and equipment we brought in ourselves and it (obviously) had to use maple syrup. So here’s what we made:

Appetizer: Apple Maple Rumaki

Main Dish: Pan Fried Pork Tenderloin with Maple and Mustard Sauce and Green Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dessert: Maple Crème Brûlée

Drink: Liberation Libation

I had an awesome and hilarious team. They were quite helpful in getting everything set up:

Martini anyone?

Or salad?

Or perhaps some crème brûlée?

Or some bacon wrapped apples? (Actual rumaki uses chicken liver, but this variation is so much better.)

How about the whole set up?

We tried to channel an urban upscale restaurant – I think we did fairly well considering that we were set up in the engineering student’s lounge.

The judges seemed to enjoy what they were eating despite it being the 4th meal they had consumed for Iron Chef. I don’t know if we won the challenge, but I like to think that we did. :)

Even if we didn’t win, it was a lot of fun and our food was fantastic. Ever had random people clamour to eat partly eaten food that other people ate and then rave about how great it was? Yeah, that happened – I’m just really hoping that no one was sick.

It was an interesting experience – I learned that counter top convection ovens don’t know what even heat is yet they are still incredibly useful, that adding an extra egg yolk makes crème brûlée that much better, that using a freezer that can freeze ice in 3 hours is a good idea and that said freezer is a great way to fast track cooling the crème brûlée.

Oh, yeah. I also learned that I probably shouldn’t be given a blow torch.

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13 responses to “ENGG Week – Iron Chef

  1. I love maple syrup and that meal looks great. When do you find out who won? And that picture with the blow torches is great.

  2. Wow, the food looks delightful. I so admire people who can cook…and really like it.
    Happy Monday,
    Mary

  3. jaz

    hi…i just hopped over from sits to say hello. i love that last pic of you with the torches. too cool!

  4. Rae

    Before I even read the last line I thought “maybe someone needs to keep her away from the torches.” :-D That is really impressive that people liked your food so much. It looks good.

  5. Love the last pic and the tagline with it! Awesome!

    Thanks for stopping by my SITS day!

  6. YUM! Bacon wrapped apples. That is my next experiment. Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by

  7. That all looks delicious!!
    But you know what I was thinking???? What the heck are they doing outside, in Canada, in the winter, in SHORT SLEEVES???
    You guys are tough. I think you can handle a blow torch!

    • In Calgary, we actually get chinooks (so warm air blowing over the rockies), so it was about 0C (mid to high 30F). Or maybe I should say that we’re just really tough and have no problems generating the body heat required to stay outside in the cold. :P

  8. Ahhh! Iron Chef! Coolest thing EVER! I don’t know if I want to eat the stuff or make it…hmmm, it’d probably be better for everyone if I just ate. :o)

    What a neat experience!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  9. OK, you had me at bacon wrapped apples!! What??? Sounds soooo interesting and yummy!

    ~melody~

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