Iron Chef (Style) Showdown

4 Mar

Next week at my office we’re hosting our first ever Iron Chef (style) Competition.

This was the announcement that went out in advance (because just like the real Iron Chef, our secret ingredient isn’t very secret, and we have time to prepare our recipes in advance. We’re just more up front about it):

You are invited to participate in the first ever 
Iron Chef Showdown

to be held Thursday, March 11th, 4pm

The Secret Ingredient is:


The rules are simple:

  • You must create a dish that prominently features the secret ingredient (in any form).
  • You must provide enough of the dish for everyone to have a (very) small portion.
  • You must not spend a ton of money. No truffles, people.
  • You may seek inspiration and guidance in a published recipe.
  • You are responsible for your own food handling – this includes transporting your dish, freezing, re-heating, and bringing any special utensils that are required for serving or eating. You may make use of the office kitchen supplies – fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee maker, water heater, toaster, and silverware.
  • Meat-free, gluten-free, lactose-free and stone fruit-free dishes will have a better chance of winning, simply because more people will be able to taste them.*

So, are you up to the challenge? Do you have what it takes to be the Iron Chef?

This year's secret ingredient!

Behind the scenes, here’s what we’re doing to run the event:

  • One person is playing the role of “The Chairman.” That’s Anne. Her job is to create an amazing centerpiece involving the secret ingredient and some dry ice. She’ll also introduce each dish with a bit of fanfare. Also…she’ll do some backflips between the cubicles.
  • Another person is the designated “Floor Reporter.” This is Amelia. She’ll be collecting dish names and ingredient lists in advance to ensure that we don’t have two of the same dish, and so that she can warn people with food allergies and sensitivities, instead of the chef having to give themselves away. Anonymity is key. Amelia will also be creating a scoring system that we’ll use to rate each other’s dishes.
  • At the end, one staff person will be crowned the Iron Chef, with full gloating privileges for a week or so.

I’ll report back next week on how it went!

* We have a lot of food issues in our office. 😦


One Response to “Iron Chef (Style) Showdown”

  1. littlepioneer March 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    i would make gum.

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