It is time for the July edition of Paper Chef, the blog contest in which you pit your culinary skill against your fellow foodies in a competition unmatched since the Dawn of Time!!! Whose cuisine will reign supreme? OK, that’s Iron Chef, and they only get an hour to cook.
You get nearly a week. Design and execute an original dish — or an original take on a classic — using the FOUR secret ingredients, blog on it, photograph it and make it look all pretty and nice and yummy, then let Ilva, the mysterious Swedish Chairwoman of Paper Chef, know on the Paper Chef blog.
Deadline: Tuesday at midnight.
Ilva will then post a roundup of the entries, which I, as the June winner, will judge. I will be looking for recipes that work, presentation, taste (or appearance thereof), andÂ originality. Past winners have gone on to fame and glory. Several now own a mansion and a yacht. After my June win, I was offered an island in the Dodecanese (IÂ think it was Island No. 14).
NOTE: All of the above was horseshit, other than the fact that I will judge and by what terms.
Now, on to the mystical ingredients. They are…
- Fresh Oregano
- Chickpeas or chickpea flour
And the wildcard ingredient, devised by me, is…A FISH STEAK! Yes, you can use any of the following: swordfish, marlin, thresher or mako shark, mahi-mahi, white seabass, sturgeon, yellowtail or baby seal. OK, no baby seal. If you want to use something other than a steak from one of these fish, lemme know beforehand.