I have no desire to enter a cooking competition. Judging it is another matter entirely. Alas, the judges already have been selected, and so I return to my stool, beer in hand.
Here’s the press release.
MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen and PANTRE Kitchen Essentials will be hosting its first annual contest called “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN COOK?”
This unique and exciting cook-off competition will pit local amateurs against one another for the title of Best Amateur Cook. 36 lucky individuals will be chosen by four local, professional area chefs to compete in teams of four.
Area professional chefs/judges will chose 36 applicants. The chosen applicants are to create their best signature dish and bring it to MESA on Monday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. for an official tasting by the judges. From the 12 dishes, the three chefs will chose teams to mentor and help perfect their respective dishes.
Team One will cook on October 11th, Team Two on October 18th, and Team Three on October 19th. The best cook of each contest evening will advance to the final round on Wednesday, November 8th.
A grand package will be given including a $250 Gift card among other prizes. Details will be provided to the 12 individuals who are chosen to compete.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COMPETING, PLEASE SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO MESA IN NEW ALBANY BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH.
About Mesa: MESA is a state-of-the-art collaborative kitchen-classroom, featuring demonstrations and shows by Southern Indiana’s and Louisville established and aspiring chefs. The collaborative space offers cooking classes, dinners, and demonstration and also houses a bookstore, pantry, to go cooking dinners and cookware boutique. With the emerging and dynamic restaurant scene, MESA has become the culinary hub for Kentuckiana’s highly talented chef population to come and share their love for food with the public and each other.