Culinary Fight Club

You see those cooking competitions like "Chopped", "Top Chef", and "Iron Chef" on television. Now there is a competition in Chicago. Jiwon McCartney and her staff at Allure Events and Meeting Productions created the Culinary Fight Club.

Culinary Fight Club is Chicago's first unconventional cooking competition. The competition is for people, professionals and amateurs, who have a passion for cooking and a competitive spirit.

Since cooking is now a sport and Chicago is a rabid sports town it is only natural that we have a competition with a name that resonates with tough Chicago sports fans. Culinary Fight Club fits the bill.

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The Culinary Fight Club trophy. (Peter V. Bella)

Culinary Fight Club is a combination of "Top Chef", "Fight Club", and pop up restaurant all rolled into one. If you have the skills to cook, than you can cook any place at any time with limited ingredients and a time limit.

Three chefs have 60 minutes to pick ingredients from the "pantry", fire up a single 10,000 BTU portable stove, and cook. There are a few extra challenges and surprise rule changes thrown in just for fun and excitement.

" HOME CHEFS, STUDENTS, MOMS, CATERERS, WHOEVER YOU ARE, IF YOU LIKE TO COOK (AND YOU THINK YOU'RE GOOD AT IT), THEN STEP OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN AND INTO THE RING!" (Culinaryfightclub.com)

December's taste bud challenge was Hors d'oeuvres. It was held last night at Blokes and Birds in Wrigleyville.

Contestant chefs had one hour, one table top single burner, and pantry ingredients to prepare their dishes. Jiwon McCarney, Jill Dana, and the staff from Allure Events and Meeting Productions ensured the evening was exciting and fun with a dance party atmosphere.

Last month's winner, Leo Perez, emceed, provided some DJ services, and a wide range of music.

Contestants chefs were Maggie Bleau of Marriott Chicago/UIC, Chicago Police officer Margie Luzak, and Nordstrom supervisor, Damien Harris. Chef Harris heated things up by bringing a sous chef.

All the contestants rose to the challenge and completed their dishes on time and within the rules. The judges tasted each dish while guests sampled them. All the dishes were so well prepared the contest could have been a three way tie. But, there had to be a winner.

Chef Maggie Bleau took home the Culinary Fight Club trophy.

Next month's competition is being planned. For information on competing or just showing up for a great evening check the Culinary Fight Club Facebook page.

 

 

 

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