Iron Chef Cooking Challenge Revealed!

I recently posted about creating a menu for an Iron Chef cooking challenge on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CuisineStyle). At the time it was top secret, but now that we’ve had the event, I can spill the beans! The secret ingredients were beef and winter root vegetables. Each team was given a different cut of beef and we created a display of root vegetables such as beets, celery root, rutabagas, turnips, carrots, fennel and potatoes. The challenge for each team was to create an entrée and side dish using their cut of beef – ground beef, tri-tip, london broil, or flank steak – with their selection of root vegetables. I judged the competition and I had a hard time picking the winner! Each team’s creations received points on flavor, creativity, appearance, and presentation. All the dishes were delicious and each team did an amazing job.

The winning team concocted a salad of shaved fennel on a bed of grilled eggplant, a grilled garlic crusted tri-tip for the entrée, puree of celery root and parsnips, and even, some lovely bittersweet chocolate ganache truffles, dusted in cocoa powder. How yummy does that sound?!

It was such a fabulous event! I can’t wait for our next Iron Chef cooking party challenge. Check out some of the photos from the event. What a fantastic night of cooking and creating!

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