Foodie Competition: Iron Chef Showdown

(SPECIAL THANKS to Our Host, Erik Antunez. Please visit his restaurant, Cafe Verdi, in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL. Great atmosphere and awesome food!)

 

Who’s a fan of Iron Chef / Top Chef / Throwdown / etc? I am! And my co-blogger Justin and I just competed against our friends Ingrid and Mark in a battle of epic proportions! (It was a friendly competition, but a competition nonetheless).

There was a secret ingredient involved: MINT (It was a controversial choice, but one that made us all think, lol).

After a long day of hard work on Saturday, October 9th, 2010, including shopping, prepping, and cooking from 10:30 AM to 7PM, the results were close!

Round 1 – Appetizer Round: Winner – Ingrid and Mark

     – Ingrid and Mark’s Appetizer: Meatballs with mint and a delicious tomato based sauce

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

     – Justin and Anthony’s Appetizer: Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Wings, & Pizza with Hoisin, grilled chicken, bacon marmalade, and mint slaw

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

Round 2 – Main Course: Winner – Justin and Anthony

     – Ingrid and Mark’s Main Course: Grilled Skirt Steak with a mint/horseradish/gorgonzola cream sauce (DELICIOUS), with side salad.

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

     – Justin and Anthony’s Main Course: Chinese 5-spice stew with mint, and rice topped with braised short ribs and mint jelly

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

Round 3 – Dessert: Winner – Justin and Anthony

     – Ingrid and Mark’s Dessert: Molten Mint Chocolate Cake with Mixed Berry compote and vanilla ice cream

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

     – Justin and Anthony’s Dessert: Duo of Mint Batter Crepes (one with Sweet Cream Cheese and Homemade Strawberry jam, one with bananas and Nutella), and a Fried Oreo, dusted with powdered sugar.

(Photo Credit to Paula Rios)

In the end, we were all winners. We all made it through the challenge, and every single part of the meal was tasty and delicious. I give major props to Justin, Ingrid, and Mark for our hard work, as well as the judges and participants. Hope you all enjoyed, and thanks for coming!

The CHAMPS!

Hopefully more pictures to come! (Need the folks who took pictures to send me some, please 😀 )

– Anthony

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