Iron Chef Competition

Here is a dish that Lucas came up with during the 1 hour competition. The secret ingredient was fennel, and he did a nice job with it. Lucas caramelized the fennel which brought out a really nice sweet-licorice type flavor. He grilled some thinly sliced cuts of beef, roasted a couple grape tomatoes, and made a terrific mushroom cream sauce. A simple fennel top garnish was all it took to make the dish pop.
Both competitors today did a terrific job. Bruce and Lucas are both relatively inexperienced in the kitchen, so to see them do such a fantastic job (even under pressure) was really fun to see. This whole thing started when the business level dropped. I think both cooks learned a lot about their own abilities and creativity.


  1. Looks very nice.
    This was your own Iron chef in the kitchen? to keep the staff busy and motivated ?

  2. That is correct. It is motivational, and educational as well. I am able to introduce unfamiliar ingredients to less experienced cooks. This one, for examaple, we used fennel which neither cook had experience with.


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