Opinion: Local chopped challenge a thrilling competition
November 9, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Teyah Wellard
Back in September I had the opportunity at Salem’s Saturday Market to participate in The Chopped Challenge, a local and unaffiliated version of the national TV show. I got to work with some students from South and Claggett Middle School. In the beginning we struggled a little bit, but as we got a little farther in the competition we got to know each other’s skills. In the end I was surprised at our success and people had a blast working together and collaborating to create fantastic food that shocked the judges.
One of the judges was so happy with are creativity and flavor. We made nachos from turkey meat and sweet potato chips. We took are sweet potato chips that had a bit of salt and put are turkey meat on top and some green onion for some color and texture and gave it a bit of a fresh flavor we put tomatoes in the meat so the stayed moist and that added a more flavor and color. The judge said “that nobody else will be taking their job next time.”
Claggett Creek showed their skills and the judges were amazed. Each dish was very different and the flavor was unique in every way.
My group worked well together and our team work got stronger with each round. Every time we went up the judges asked us how my group and I were working together and were engaged with the entire process. The judges seemed really supportive of each group and they could tell which groups were working together well.
I think the judges looked for collaboration flavor presentation and skill. Unfortunately group one was the first to go. Then we had round two and my group had made an Italian like dish with raw mozzarella Cheese with balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar on top for a bitter and savory flavor. Then we made grilled garlic butter chicken with a lemon flavor and then topped with rosemary for a fresh look. Then on the side we made tomato and red pepper salad and then put it on top of bruschetta that was filled with a fresh flavor and rustic look.
The judges were blown away by the creativity that come from limited supplies.