As I mentioned in my other post, I just returned from Louisville, KY where I went to the Monogram Experience Center to learn about all things GE Monogram. As part of the program we cooked on their appliances for 3 days and as the finale, we had an Iron Chef competition. Executive Chefs, Bryan & Joe, gave each team free reign of their pantry, 50 minutes of time, and secret ingredients, Peanuts & Peanut Butter to come up with the best dish that had the secret ingredients as a prominent element of the dish. We also had to eat our creation as part of our final meal, making one extra plate for judging. Since it was 9:30 in the morning when we started this, most teams went for a breakfast and lunch type of dish.
Our team came up with Spicy Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce on a bed of rice noodles. Not exactly what I usually eat for breakfast time, but it really made the peanuts and peanut butter a key part of our dish. The complexity of our dish, the number of ingredients we used, and of course, the taste, won top honors and the coveted Iron Chef Champion metals. I am proud to have won my first iron chef competition, and looking forward to sharing some of the things I learned about some awesome appliances while I was there.
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