Friday, April 22, 2011
By a pig's whisker
This is Nate Allen making a few remarks just before it was revealed that he and the Knife and Fork crew (in the fork shirts and the far left) had won in the first round of the WNC Chefs Challenge--by a margin of .3 percent, a true photo finish.
Each team makes three dishes and every dish has to use the secret ingredient--it's secret in that the chefs don't know what it is until the day of the competition. In this case, the "ingredient" was a whole hog, of which every part was available to the teams. According to the vote, and the absolute consensus at the Celo table, this Nate plate was the killer dish of the evening: a savory waffle topped with pea shoots, crispy sunchoke slices, andouille sausage, and a tempura ramp. Yummy!
Knife and Fork competes in the quarter-finals on May 23. Tickets are available now.