“Chopped Challenge” Heats Up City Kitchen

Three Reading Terminal chefs faced off for some friendly, food-network-style competition on Saturday, May 21.  Guests were lucky enough to sample dishes from Chef Bobby Fisher of Molly Malloy’s, Chef Jason LeDee of Pearls Oyster Bar and Chef Careda Matthews of Kevin Parker Soul Food Cafe.

The mystery basket was filled with a dragon fruit from Iovine Brothers Produce, fresh duck from Guinta’s Prime Shop and a chocolate covered onion from Chocolate by Mueller.

Once things got cooking, the smells brought in the crowd.

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The chefs had 30 minutes to prepare the entree, meaning guests had 30 minutes to salivate in anticipation.

 

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“Careda’s Caribbean Cabbage” waiting to be plated

 

 

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Jason LeDee plating up beautifully

At the end of the day, judges scored the dishes on plating, taste and the use of mystery ingredients. Careda’s creative, Caribbean flavors won her the challenge.

Careda said at first she was fine with the duck, but the chocolate covered onion and dragon fruit, “threw me off.” She admitted that dragon fruit can often be bland and it takes some effort to bring out any flavor. She used sherry and some of the caramelized chocolate covered onion to enhance the dragon fruit’s sweetness.

She used thyme, allspice and turmeric to season the duck and she used the onion in the cabbage slaw. She said, “cabbage is a go-to vegetable in the islands.”

Careda will be back in City Kitchen on September 24, 2016, to cook a Caribbean-American fusion brunch. Tickets are available now.

 

 

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