I’m one of those people who likes cooking shows. Well, to be more precise, I actually like cooking competition shows. My favorite foody show is Top Chef followed closely by Chopped. I’ve also watched Masterchef, but that one started to get a bit, I don’t know, boring or something and I didn’t end up watching it last summer. I also really liked Hell’s Kitchen for a bit, but that one can get loud and severely over dramatic, so I’ve watched it less and less. I also really liked Kitchen Nightmares when it was on or I could find it.
My boyfriend has been known to say that he would rather watch cooking shows where they actually give you the recipes so he can try to make the dish, and I’ve been known to respond that we wouldn’t actually make them anyways. I don’t know. I don’t hate recipe-based cooking shows. I actually like Rachael Ray but I’m never home to watch her show. I’ve tried watching some of the Food Network ones and they just aren’t that interesting to me. I think it’s the competition aspect of it; how they are trying to do their best in order to win. Besides, who doesn’t love Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi?
There are certain things I’m not sure I’d ever eat, especially from a show like Chopped, but then there are things that I would love to try. I just don’t have the money to eat at fancy restaurants, so my exposure to food has been somewhat limited.
Last night, my company took us out for dinner to what I considered a fancy restaurant and I literally felt like I was eating Top Chef food. It was a bit surreal bonding with people I’m not going to see after two weeks, but the food was delicious. It was also beautiful, so I did that super annoying thing in the restaurant where I actually took pictures of every dish. I tried to do it before I started eating and I managed to get all of them except the salad. I definitely started scarfing that down before I remembered the photo, at which point I had to force myself to stop in order to take the picture. So, that one isn’t as pretty as the others.
The other fun part of the evening was trying to decipher what was in each dish. We picked from a pretty lackluster menu typed up by the person who set up the dinner. I picked pappardelle pasta, beef and (the only one that was described) lemon basil sorbet. So, not much to go on about what the dish actually was. We also knew about appetizers, but didn’t get anything saying what they would be. So, yeah, there was a lot of “what do you think this is?” and “I can’t quite figure out what the green puree is, do you think it’s peas?” I’m not sure we were correct about anything except the banana polenta (not my favorite), but it was a great evening of beautifully delicious food, some rather tasty wine and some stellar company.
I do hope you enjoy the pictures (including my not-so-technical definitions) as much as I enjoyed the food, although I somehow doubt that’s possible.
And just in case you’re wondering, I did manage to get two different desserts, but I only managed to finish one.
Brought to you as part of Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G Hill.