Iron Chef: Louisville

Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2010

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

I awoke this morning, remembering that our breakfast was going to be judged by real chefs in the "Iron Chef Challenge".  Before leaving the training center last night they had passed out a list of common ingredients that were on hand that we could use to make our breakfast entry.  I hadn't looked at the list and was hoping that my teammates had spent their night concocting some elaborate plan that would not embarrass us.  We all quickly realized that we all had failed to look at the list and so no one had anything to offer.  The clock was ticking and as all of the other teams quickly got to work, we were left looking at one another for an answer.  We decided to not worry about the competition and just cook something we would like to eat and submit an extra portion as per the rules.  I offered breakfast tacos as a solution, and I think everyone else was just glad that someone had said something.  I quickly took the lead and assigned various tasks to my teammates before working on a fresh pico de gallo to go with our meal.  Everyone was working hard and we begin to think about how to plate our entry.  I remembered watching Hell's Kitchen and seeing Chef Gordon Ramsey ripping someone for serving on a cold plate, so I quickly threw our platter in the oven to warm it up.  We plated our entry and my teammates presented it as all my idea as I continued to wipe down any trace of mess in our kitchen.  So I was either going to be the goat, or I was going to get the glory, but that's fine with me.  We went off to eat our portions, while the Chefs graded our entries on appearance, taste, originality, and cleanliness of our kitchen.  I knew our kitchen was spotless and our plate appearance looked good,  but I figured we would not get good points for originality, or taste in the eyes of the professional chefs.  To all of our surprise, we were named the winners of the competition.  The Chefs said that the taste was outstanding on our dish and they truly enjoyed eating it.  There is nothing more gratifying than someone who you know is miles and miles better than you at something complimenting your work in their field.  It was a good way to bring this fast but fun trip to a close.  Thank you to GE Monogram for hosting me in such grand fashion.
Louisville seems to be a fun town.  While I really didn't get to scratch the surface with my limited time here, it left me eager to get back here.  The Bourbon Trail and Churchill Downs will definitely be on the menu when I get to return to this cool place.
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