As announced ASID vs. NARI Chopped challenge took place last night, that is Wednesday November 9, in Monark showroom in San Jose.
With most delight want to report that NARI team composed of Charles Simms, Joan Slaughterback, Mike Judas and myself, won the trophy and crashed ASID team! Ok, ok... maybe not crashed.... they set the bar really high and their dish presentation (as worthy of designers) was beautiful. But in the end panel of judges decided that the trophy should go to NARI team!
They mentioned that seafood was cooked "just perfectly" - and I am still gloating over the compliment as I was in charge of searing the scallops and shrimps. But I think what ultimately brought it home was the desert - berry turnover with whipped cream - prepared lovingly by Mike.
The whole evening was really fun with lots of great people and great food and I am sure there will be more joined NARI/ASID events. In the mean time looking forward to December NARI Holiday Gala! Hope to see you all there!