Super Bowl Food Porn Judged On WCIU!

Screen Shot 2017-02-04 at 14.15.31It’s Super Bowl weekend, y’all. And if you’re still looking for the perfect dish to cook for the big game today, well, I may just be able to help you out.

As you know, I have made the move to Chicago and am loving every minute of it. A week ago, I had a meeting with Rudy from WCIU, a TV producer of the highest quality and caliber. He mentioned that they were running a chef week for Superbowl and would I want to come on the morning show to judge. Of course!

Come to a city, immediately get on television. Isn’t that how it works with everyone?

They were running it like Chopped, where two of the area’s best chefs competed to make a dish in about an hour using a secret ingredient. This time, they were all going to be Super Bowl themed-items, food you’d find at the big game party. And we were to judge on presentation, originality and flavor.

IMG_2192The segment was going to start at 7am, so I had to be there for 6:45am. Blarg. But when two fo the cities’ best chefs are cooking for you, that’s worth getting up for, right? So I didn’t even mind, and was, in fact, flattered when they then asked me back again for Wednesday and Friday. 

And then as I was leaving on Wednesday, Rudy turns to me and goes, “Can you do tomorrow as well?”

Sure can, buddy.

So my made-for-radio face was on TV a lot this last week, and I ate and judged like a monster. I also got to meet some fantastic people that week who judged alongside me, including Kat from A Girl and Her Food, Lakesha from Rose Phillps Online, Johanna from Momma Cuisine and the powerhouse that is Madam X from The Kit Kat Club

And luckily, I can now share you not only the clips and pics, but the dishes as well, to give you a little inspiration. It’s sure to make your Super Bowl party a touchdown game winning insert more sports analogies here.


DAY ONE

Secret Ingredients: Tortilla Chips!

Dishes:

IMG_2143Judgment:
While I normally love chilaquiles, the tortilla chips were just a little too soggy, and since they were the main ingredient, I had to pull points. But the nachos here were incredibly crispy, so flavourful, and the radishes on top made my day. I had to go with it as the winner.

Winner: Chef Malika.


DAY TWO

Secret Ingredients: BBQ Sauce!

Dishes:

Judgment:
My god this was tough. That taco was truly incredible, the meat, the flavor, the BBQ sauce – perfect. But I had to go with the cornbread muffin, which was equally amazing all up in my mouth, due to presentation and originality.

Winner: Chef Zoe.


DAY THREE

Secret Ingredients: Chocolate Pudding Cups!

Dishes:

  • Mexican Chicken and Waffles with crushed cocoa, ground almond, cinnamon and sugar, with fried chicken with flour, chocolate bread crumbs and pretzel bread crumbs by Chef Mariela Bolanos of MAD social.
  • A Deconstructed Football Whoopie Pie with brûléed marshmallow fluff and Patriot sprinkles by Chef Addison Smith, winner of Master Chef Junior.

Judgment:
Now, I normally hate whoopie pies (blarg), but damn if Chef Addison’s wasn’t the perfect blend of sweet and light. She really killed it. However, the chicken and waffles stopped my heart a little bit, and I had to go that way because… well, just look at it. 

Winner: Chef Mariela.


DAY FOUR

Secret Ingredients: Hot Dogs

Dishes:

A Hot Dog with a New England style bun, Boston baked beans, Georgia fried pork and slaw by Chef Craig Couper from Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse.

Stuffed Mushrooms with hot dogs, mascarpone cheese, black truffle and a basil pesto by Chef Zach Walrath from The Florentine.

Judgment:
Now, mushrooms are a personal favorite of mine, so I went in thinking this was going to be the winner. And they were soft and packed with flavor and I wanted to devour them in two bites. However, I’m a New England boy, so having a New England role played right into my heart. And as I said in the clip, I really do love when a chef can take the ordinary and make it unordinary, so I had to vote with my heart and vote hot dog. 

Winner: Chef Craig.

Thanks everyone for reading/watching and thanks WCIU for having me! More Chicago fun to come.

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