Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Challenge Sweden presented by Cultural Tourism DC and Safeway

This past Sunday, March 7th, I attended the Embassy Chef Challenge at Occasions Caterers at 5458 Third Street, NE, in Washington, DC. I witnessed seven competing chefs:

Chef Jan Van Haute

Embassy of Belgium

Chef Viktor Merényi

Embassy of the Republic of Hungary

Chef Chang Jae-ok

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Chef Nazha Kasraoui

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Chef Francis Otoo

Embassy of Ghana

Chef Ana Victoria Mas

Embassy of the Republic of Panama

Chef Sunil Kiriwane

Embassy of the State of Qatar

Challenge Sweden presented by Safeway was the first part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Embassy Chef Challenge, and it was a head-to-head cooking competition (Top Chef style). Participating embassy chefs prepared a main course dish using salmon and other ingredients provided that day by Safeway. In honor of the hosting country, Sweden, these ingredients were drawn from Swedish cuisine and selected by Chef Martin Johansson. While participation in Challenge Sweden is optional, to win the Embassy Chef Challenge Award, chefs must participate in both competitions.

JUDGING: Judges will award scores based on 20 points:

      • Flavor and taste
      • Use of ingredients
      • Visual appeal
      • Creativity
      • How chefs work in the kitchen

The scores from Challenge Sweden will be combined with the scores from the second part of the competition…

Learn more about each competitor throughout the time leading up to the final challenge on March 18, 2010 by reading the Capital Cooking Show Blog.

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