Thursday, April 03, 2008

Asian Market Basket

Today, at my first ever cooking competition I helped advance my team to the final round of our school's "Asian Market Basket." We walked into the kitchen, were given 20minutes to design a 4-course Asian menu with the limited ingredients on hand, and three hours to execute it. Nowhere near as stressful as professional black-box competitions, but hey it was our first time. The parameters: Starting time 10:10am, submit menu at 10:30 (1 starch, 1 meat, 1 seafood/fish, 1 freehand), submit 1st dish for judging at 12:30, subsequent dishes at 1:00, 1:15 and 1:30. Ervin's Fried Noodles with Three Minced Meats, Francis' Prawns in Mango & Star Anise Sauce, Balot's Chicken with Three Mushrooms served with Derick's Garlic Chive & Mushroom Dumplings, and my Fish Gone to Heaven earned us a place in next week's finals against 4 teams from the other classes. Too bad we didn't get a chance to take photos. Now I'm preparing for the Western Market Basket elimination round on Friday. Wish us luck!

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