Recently StarWorld started airing Bravo’s Top Chef : Just Desserts series, and after watching the first episode on TV, I went to download the entire season immediately. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was downloading back to back seasons of Top Chef and spinoffs like Top Chef : Just Desserts, Top Chef Masters etc…because it is THAT GOOD! One question I keep asking myself is….HOW COULD I NOT HAVE KNOWN THIS SERIES EXSISTED EARLIER??
For those who’ve not heard of the Top Chef series, it is a reality based competition featuring chefs who compete in culinary challenges. Unlike Masterchef where the contestants are amateur cooks, these are experienced chefs who face off in challenges that test their skills, experience and flavour profile.
I’ve been really inspired by the chefs on the show and have a much greater respect for their profession especially since I work in the kitchen now too. Besides having a passion for food and cooking skills, I think a good chef needs to be meticulous, organized, possess good time management skills, the constant desire for improvement, good people skills ,a natural creative flair and the ability to accept criticism positively. Quite a resume eh! Something for me to think about!
Anyway, what I wanted to share today was a nice surprise I got while watching Top Chef Masters Season 1. These aren’t just normal chefs, they are the best of the best! In episode 8, the master chefs were each challenged to cook a Vegan dish for actress Zooey Deschanel (from New Girl) and her friends. To make things even harder, Zooey is Gluten intolerant and does not take soy. That’s almost….a raw diet! I was so impressed by what they came up with, WHO SAYS VEGAN FOOD IS BORING? Check out the pictures below and click for the recipe.
Strawberry Champagne Soup. Strawberry Rice Ice Cream and Almond Brittle by Chef Art Smith (hello Vegan almond brittle!)
Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde and Gremolata, Tomatoes (and Crispy Basil Leaf) by Michael Chiarello ( SO GONNA TRY THIS)
White Gazpacho with Grapes and Vanilla Oil & a Timbale of Avocado &, Asparagus, Roasted Beet Salad by Chef Hubert Keller
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Lentil Salad and Cashew Sauce by Chef Anita Lo
Corn Tamales with Chile-Braised Beans, Braised Greens, and Glazed Mushrooms by Chef Rick Bayless
Bravo has also created a page where you can search for all the recipes created on the Top Chef shows. Very cleverly sorted too. Here are a ton of vegan ones. So awesome that these chefs are sharing their recipes online for home cooks like us to re-create. Mind you, we have access to recreating recipes created by Michelin Star Chefs OKAY! Bravo to Bravo !