Thursday, November 6, 2008

Food Bloggers Challenge: Meet the Judges

You’ve voted on the dish and the challenge has begun. We are now in the post-production stage of the episode. After the show airs, you will have a chance to tell us your vote on the Challenge winner. Food Bloggers Challenge: Comfort Food.

Join Lauren and four other food bloggers as they compete in making the best Chicken Potpie. A panel of judges will determine the winner along with votes from readers and viewers. THANK YOU to JD Gourmet for generously providing the fabulous Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Olive Oil that I used in my chicken potpie recipe!!

You’ve met the Challengers
1. Lauren DeSantis: Host and Producer of Capital Cooking
2. April Fulton: Food Scribe
3. Stefanie Gans: Endless Simmer
4. Alison McConnell: Humble Gourmand
5. Johnna Rowe: Johnna Knows Good Food

Now meet the Judges:
1. Chef Vincent Horville: The Metropolitan Club
Patrice Olivion: L'Academie de Cuisine
3. Lorena Sander: DC Gastronome

Chef Vincent thinks...

DC Cuisine:

A cuisine is much created by the peoples who leave in that city and DC is a melting pot of Ideas opinions and flavors that sometimes clash and sometimes get along, it is a great city for food as it provide an unlimited canvas for chefs to express their expertise on a plate to various Food educated taste buds .

Favorite Food network show
Alton Brown Good Eat/ Original Iron chef Show/ American Iron chef.

Favorite comfort food:
Cassoulet / well made stew that simmers for hours.

Chef Vincent is originally From Versailles, France, grew up in the restaurant Business and help out in the kitchen from an early age. Trained in classical and modern style received his first award as one of France Best apprentice in 1982, His passion for cooking has taken him to two continents, four countries and to some prestigious places such as the Famed Noga Hilton and the New sporting club in Geneva, The Dorchester Hotel in London under master Chef Mosimann to name a few. Chef Horville, moved to the United States in 1989 and since as work in reputable restaurants and Local institutions. More recently at the IMF were chef resided for Five years and help opened the new convention center as a Production consultant, in Recent year Chef Vincent as run two prestigious City Club in DC Chef Vincent has also worked since 1995 at the White House and Camp David, still to date.2006 Iron chef battle winner,
Two James beard foundation dinners and Newscast appearances on Local network Channels.

Chef Horville food Philosophy is Simple:
Hone your culinary Fundamentals, Never stop learning and educating other. Always work with the best seasonal ingredients Available Good techniques and only associates with People who share the same core Values. That is a successful recipe.

Judging Categories

q Taste/Comfort Factor

q Originality

q Camera Ready

q Ability to stay within the time limit

  • Plating/Presentation
Thank you to my wonderful production assistant Carolina Aguilar for finding Chef Vincent to helps us out!

Capital Cooking's Food Bloggers Challenge will air on Comcast Channel 95 and RCN Channel 10 in DC, Cox Cable Channel 10 in Fairfax, Access Montgomery TV 19 and 21 in Maryland, KDHX Channel 21 St. Louis, Missouri, MCAM Channel 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire, CCTV in Concord-Carlisle, Massachusetts, The Peoples Channel 8 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saco River Community Television in Hollis, Maine, TV2 Channel 2 in Manistee, Michigan, HCTV in Herndon, Virginia, HPA-TV in Hibbing Minnesota, SCTV in Saugus, MA, TBNK in Covington, Kentucky, WITC Channel 6 in New Richmond, Wisconsin, DATV in Dayton, Ohio, KCAT TV Channel 15 in Los Gatos, California, NCTV in Nevada City, California, WCTV in Waterloo, Iowa, as well as The show reaches approximately 1.9 million households in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, California, Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Kentucky and North Carolina. Clips of the show are also available for viewing at

If your location isn't listed, email at and we can try to get Capital Cooking to air in your area.

Photo by Shauna Alexander

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