Monday, June 21, 2010

Making dishes based on strange themes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Sometimes, chefs have to cook dishes themed around interesting/strange/odd things. That's just a given, I suppose. But on last night's Next Food Network Star, the chefs literally had to cook dishes based on movie genres. I'm not kidding. How do you make a dish based on "romance"? (The answer the chefs assigned "romance" found was basically to cook French stuff, some of it not going over very well.) "Mystery"? (I guess you could make mystery meat, like back in elementary school.) "Animation"? (Brightly-colored stuff!)

Atlantans Herb got mystery and Brianna got comedy. Herb's dish was so mysterious I literally cannot remember what it was and the show's site mysteriously doesn't have a recipe. Mysterious! (The judges didn't like it anyway.) Meanwhile, Brianna produced a fairly good shrimp and scallop dish, because apparently she gets a bad case of the giggles when she shops for seafood. I know I do too. OK then.

Like I said, sometimes the challenges on these cooking shows get a little silly, but last night seemed like the crown jewel of silliness.

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