The recipes have been made, the dishes have been tasted, and the results have been tabulated. We have a winner for our first ever Twitter Cook-off! Before we announce the results, we thought it would be fun to give everyone a taste (pun intended) of what went down at the Beard House on Friday afternoon.
Despite the steamy and sticky heat outside, our four Judges
arrived ready to sample and score the five finalists that you picked earlier in the week
. We asked them to rate each dish on a scale of 1 to 5 in two categories: first, the effective and creative use of Twitter as a medium to convey the recipe, and second, taste. The JBF office/kitchen team, tasked with translating the recipes and executing the dishes, scored each tweet on a scale of 1 to 5
"I remember being two years old, standing on the back porch of my cousin’s house in Malaysia, eating an orange, and the juices were dripping down my chin, onto my shirt, and off my elbows."
–Anita Lo, chef at NYC's Annisa, former Top Chef Masters
contestant, and one of our Twitter Cook-off judges
The recipes have been pouring in, but who will be tasting these masterpieces? Our panel of esteemed judges hails from all areas of the food world—we’ve got a chef, a food stylist and cookbook author, and a few dedicated foodies too. Each has a keen eye for detail and a highly developed palate.
First up is current Top Chef Masters
contestant Anita Lo. One of our favorite NYC chefs, Anita’s restaurant Annisa
has been at the top of critics’ lists for nearly a decade and her contemporary, elegant, and adventurous dishes always leave us wanting more.
Next we have the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Chris and Jennifer McBride, founders and editors of the video restaurant guide www.savorycities.com
. They’ve sampled the cuisine of
Since we launched our Twitter Cook-Off on Monday
, we've gotten a slew of recipes that demonstrate your skills in the kitchen as well as your fluency in Twitter shorthand. We don't want to give away the secrets of distilling a recipe to a tweet, so we're taking a few of our favorite submitted recipes and reprinting them in plain old English.
- Mascarpone and Goat Cheese–Stuffed Profiteroles with Marjoram and Strawberry–Rhubarb Compote
- Pan-Fried Sweetbreads with Shallots, Thyme, and Toasted Pine Nuts
- Balsamic and Orange–Glazed Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream and Pistachios
Think you have a recipe that could make it to the semifinals? The contest ends on August 14, so you still have nine days to tweet us a recipe and get a chance to win two tickets to our exclusive (read: private) Jack Daniel's Birthday Party at the Beard House on September 9. The event will feature Hill Country barbecue, cocktails by David Wondrich, and an impressive
We want your recipes! Sure, we love it when chefs like Jonathan Benno, Martin Brock, and Alexandra Guarnachelli give us recipes for some of their great dishes, but we love it even more when we hear from our members and friends about what they like to cook at home.
We’re launching our first ever recipe contest and we want to hear from you. What’s the best way to get recipes from you guys? Twitter
of course! Tweet your recipe in 140 characters or less AND be sure to include the hashtag #jbfrecipe by August 14 for a chance to have your recipe tasted and judged by an incredible panel of experts.
Drinks, salads, roasts, desserts—you name it; we want it. We’ve only got two guidelines: the finished product should taste delicious and we want to see your Twitter creativity. Wow us with flavors and your novel use of symbols and abbreviation.
You guys sure love American cheese! We asked our Twitter followers
about their favorite artisanal American cheeses and the responses were fast, furious, and delicious. Here are just a few to whet your appetite. Got cheese on the brain? Which ones did we miss?
@kmistry73: Rogue Creamery’s Smoked Blue
@Jnil88: Grayson Cheese from Meadow Creek Farm, VA.. Stinky is good!
@kasekaiserina: Estrella Family, Meadow Creek, Lazy Lady, @TwigFarm, Consider Bardwell, Cato Corner, Andante, Capriole. Could name so many more dairies/cheeses. Point is: the American Cheese Revolution is here! So jazzed to be a part of it.
@Gaaa79: fresh goat cheese made with cranberry and honey, i think it’s made in Broksville, found it at a market in union square!