This past Sunday night, instead of the typical (but super delicious) Spaghetti Sunday I eat with all the amis, we finally put Ami L versus Ami M in a Chopped competition to see who is truly the better chef (they’ve been in friendly debate about it since the beginning of junior year).
Our Chopped competition was similar to the show. Three timed rounds—appetizer (30 minutes), entrée (45 minutes), dessert (30 minutes). Secret ingredients for each round…we chose three per round. A host (Ami S), judges (le copain, Amie M, Amie R, myself, and Ami R as a guest judge for dessert), and a judging criteria sheet.
And without further ado…
The Chefs: Ami L and Ami M
Secret Ingredients:Ketchup, cornmeal, and gouda
^^^Top: Ami L’s cornmeal breaded pepper with spicy tomato sauce and caprese-inspired tomato with gouda.
Bottom: Ami M’s gouda and garlic crostini on tomato scented grits, topped with a spinach basil salad and a balsamic tomato dressing.
Secret Ingredients: Honey, beets, and bacon
^^^Top: Ami L’s roasted honey glazed beets served with candied bacon, sauteed chard, on a bed of quinoa. Bottom: Ami M’s beet, bean, bacon, and feta stuffed pepper served with sauteed chard and cherry tomatoes with a honey balsamic dressing
Secret Ingredients: Pomegranates, graham crackers, evaporated milk
^^^Above: Ami L’s vanilla ice gream with graham cracker crumbles and a chili caramel sauce (so delicious) made with the evaporated milk.
Below: Ami M’s graham cracker crusted french toast with a pomegranate blueberry sauce. (They even bought flowers which they forgot about until after the competition was over ;P)
Gosh. What a great Sunday night dinner!
It was so impressive how edible and mostly tasty food made on the spot by two amis was (like, they’re not even in the hotel school…they’re math and material science majors)! It was agreed that worst thing made was grits flavored with ketchup and that wasn’t even that bad.
For the record (and despite the ketchup grits), Ami M won by about 2 points, but still super super impressed with both amis, it was a delicious dinner eaten by all.