May 25, 2010

Iron Chef!

Although we no longer have a television (other than to watch the occasional DVD), for a lengthy period of time we not only had a television, we also had satellite which enabled us to watch even more hours of vitally important programming. Besides the ever entertaining weather channel, seeing the neighborhood on "Animal Cop Houston" and getting cranky babies to sleep to the tune of the "Game Show Network", the television usually stayed stuck on the Food Network. Seems I have a batch of budding chefs here at Swede Farm. Terms such as "plating", reduction" and "chiffonade" not to mention the ever popular "throw down" became standard at our home.

With the propensity towards enjoying food related competitions and the fact that we are growing a small army of foodies, it was a given that we would jump at the opportunity when presented to serve as sponsor and place Swede Farm products in a local Iron Chef competition.

The mom and dad farmers decided to make it a date and attended, to the great frustration and jealousy of every single junior farmer at home, from age 22 down to at least 9.

The competition in question was held April 24 at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at our alma mater, the University of Houston. (Yes, I haven't blogged in a while. I've been busy, had a baby you know...)

The teams competing were comprised of students from Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNôtre and Houston Community College's Culinary Arts school. The rules approximated those of the television version, complete with commentary and explanation of the actions of each team by the capable and entertaining MC.

We were thrilled to see our cheese used as a component of a
crème brûlée. The dessert dish which incorporated our cheese was the highest scoring dish in the competition! A night out, great entertainment, praise for our product and new fans. What more could one ask?


CamsShel said...

what a wonderful date night! Sounds like a great time. Congrats on getting your cheeses included.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love watching IRON CHEF AMERICA too! That's awesome that you got your cheese on the show! My name must remain unmentioned since this is public on the internet, but I will say that I believe your family visited the church my Dad pastors (BCR) and you are friends with a family who attends. (Lets just say their last name starts with J... I don't want to give out their names either without permission.) Anyway, I have been reading your previous posts and hope you post again soon. I heard about you all having to evacuate because of the wildfire, and so I looked up your blog to see if you had posted anything about it. I didn't see anything (although I may have missed it.) Although I may not have met you in person yet, I already feel like I know you and you are my own Godly mother! Thank you for all you do, and our family (and our church) will be praying for your house conditions because of the harmful fire!