As the winner of last month’s Paper Chef, I get to judge this month’s edition. And while there was a rather shocking dearth of entries — two, in fact — each was definitely up to the Paper Chef standard.
The required ingredients were: honey, fennel, prosciutto and fresh favas.
- Ilva of Lucullian Delights did a creamed fennel tucked into prosciutto cups topped with fresh fava beans.
- Tammy from Food on the Food conjured up a fava puree bruschetta topped with prosciutto with a shaved fennel salad.
Both dishes looked good, and I would have happily eaten both. Both also had flaws: Ilva’s fennel cream looked a bit gray and the favas looked like an afterthought. Tammy’s dish was not as integrated and her prosciutto looked like an afterthought.
I liked the technical skill of Ilva’s prosciutto cups and the clean lines of Tammy’s dish.
It finally came down to which dish I found more accessible, and which one I felt treated each ingredient with the most attention. So I chose as the winner of Paper Chef No. 29…
…Tammy, from Food on the Food. Congrats, Tammy! You get to host next month’s edition, which will emerge on the first of June.
But as it turns out, both candidates come away with something: Ilva won the People’s Choice Award.