Cooking the books

No, this isn’t a post about dodgy accountants, it’s about a great event that I took part in at work today. It was a Masterchef-style cook-off organised by Campus Life, who are the social and sporting event group on campus (what used to be called the Student Union). There were 10 teams involved from all across the university, and the competition was fierce! It was a mystery box challenge, and we had 50 minutes to create three dishes (well, two dishes and a smoothie). Each team had to choose a breakfast dish and a snack dish from the three choices we were given, as well as a compulsory smoothie (which was the same recipe for all teams). Our team decided to cook the cinnamon, banana and blueberry pancakes, and the spinach, ricotta and corn fajitas.

The starting ingredients

The starting ingredients

I chose to work on the pancakes, so I did some egg cracking and banana mashing and mixing, as well as sprinkling coconut over the pancakes in the plating up stage. We worked well as a team, and got all our dishes plated up in time. In fact, all the teams worked so efficiently that the organisers ended up giving us all about 40 minutes to complete the challenge, instead of the original 50 minutes. Only one of the three judges came to each table, and our judge was impressed with our pancakes.

Pancakes

Pancakes

Fajitas

Fajitas

Smoothie

Smoothie

Unfortunately the pancakes weren’t good enough to get us into the top three, but it was a fun event and hopefully it will continue. I’d certainly be part of the team again.

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About Andrew

I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

2 Responses to Cooking the books

  1. Sonja says:

    This sounds very stressful! I’d be happy to watch like Iron Chef but I can’t cook to a deadline!

    • Andrew says:

      It wasn’t too stressful, actually. I think the recipes were designed so that they could be easily finished in the time they gave us.

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