|Competitors - Phil Wilson, Teresa Lin and Michelle Peters Jones|
|Michelle Peters Jones Cooking|
|Waiting for the verdict|
The lovely hosts, Amanda Babichuk and Liane Faulder, peppered the contestants with questions periodically throughout the hour in order to learn more about them, their dishes, and their strategy for this competition.
Teresa Lin, originally from BC, is a nutritional food sciences student at the University of Alberta by day, as well as the organizer of Dishcrawl Edmonton. Dishcrawl consists of guided food tours through several restaurants in 1 night, allowing diners to explore a variety of restaurants in a neighbourhood that they might not have been aware of before. Taking inspiration from her own culture, as well as food trucks that she enjoys such as Filistix and Molly's Eats. Her creation was a feisty chicken bowl with rice and mango salad.
Once the cooking was over with, it was time for the deliberation.
|Feisty chicken bowl|
Next to present was Phil with his bacon wrapped ground feeb sausage with sweet potato mash. Chef Omar could only sum it up with the worlds "bacon beautiful". Chef Chartrand enjoyed the interplay of textures between the crispy deep fried onions atop the soft sweet potato mash, and said he could eat this dish all day as well. Chef Porter thought the potatoes tasted great and were beautifully seasoned.
|Bacon wrapped ground feeb sausage with sweet potato mash|
Last to present was Teresa with her feisty chicken bowl with rice and mango salad. Chef Porter thought it was the most refreshing dish they had tried, while Chef Chartrand noted that the dish looked timeless and was truly a summery dish with it's colors and it's mix of heat and refreshing tastes. Lastly Chef Omar noted that it was perfectly and delicately balanced between sweetness and spice.
After what felt like a lifetime for the contestants and those watching in the audience, the judges indicated they had come to a decision. The scoring had been close with a tie between the second place dishes at 62 points, and the winning dish edging forward by only 1 point. As an added bonus, they announced that each of these dishes would be featured in each of the judges restaurants.
|Winner Phil Wilson, judges and contestants|
*drum roll please*
Congratulations to Phil for winning and for everyone for a spectacular showing! If you would like to try your hand at these dishes yourself, keep an eye out for Wednesday's edition of the Edmonton Journal where these recipes will be published.
Overall, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon and I look forward to seeing next year's contestants raise the stakes!
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Recipes in the Edmonton Journal!
Michelle Peters Jones
Blog: The Tiffin Box
Website: Dishcrawl Edmonton
Liane Faulder of the Edmonton Journal
Blog: Eat My Words
Amanda Babichuk of Focus Communications
Dave Omar (Twitter: @chefdaveomar) of Zinc Restaurant
Shane Chartrand (Twitter: @chefchartrand) of Murietta's Bar and Grill
Lindsay Porter (Twitter: @19Lindsay) of 4th & Vine Bistro & Wine Bar
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