Wholesome Chow has just been invited to participate in the Iron Foodie Challenge from FoodieBlogRoll.com ! This challenge is sponsored by Marx Foods , purveyors of the finest foods on the net (Check out their Truffle selection! Ohh…I’m drooling already). If selected, Wholesome Chow will be sent a Mystery Basket of products from Marx Foods and will be asked to create a dish using several of these delectable treats. What an honor it would be to become crowned “Iron Foodie 2010!”
First and foremost, they have gracefully requested Chef Veronica answer some fun questions to enter the contest, here’s her answers:
1. Why do you want to compete in this challenge?
I would LOVE to take part in this challenge because it would bring me back to the good ole’ days of Culinary School when we were often times given Mystery Baskets and challenged to create something wonderful from surprise ingredients. My passion is creating new and exciting dishes with quality ingredients like Marx Foods offers, so this would be the perfect opportunity to flex my culinary muscles once again!
2. Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?
I would have to say: Julia Child . As a young girl, I loved watching her on television and her way with food. She was such an interesting woman to observe, especially as a little one, I always admired how she would just laugh and smile and play with her food, all of my favorite things then (and now!) to do! I think she and I would have a grand ole’ time in the kitchen, and I would love to show her a trick or two for cooking up vegetarian food just right.
3. What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?
Pasta, pasta and more pasta! One of my absolute favorite dishes is a nice big bowl of warm, oowie-gooey pasta, raviolis if you got ‘em. I actually like to make it a habit of taking little nibbles from my loved ones food if they choose to dine in this Italian manner. My signature pasta dish: Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato and Basil Sauce .
4. Sum your childhood up in one meal.
Although I was quite the picky little eater as a young one (who would’a known I would grow up to be a chef?), I was very fond of my family’s roots and their cuisine: Japanese food. I remember my mother often times standing over a little wok with a metal strainer frying up my favoriteVegetable Tempura. Sometimes, she would even be so generous to just fry up some of the batter with no veggies at all Along side this, I was always served Tofu with Soy Sauce and Steamed White Rice. All of this summed up to be my perfect little Bento Box din din. Wow, my mother really loved me!
5. The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
Well, the obvious answer from a vegetarian chef would most likely be: meat. Though, I’m never one to be discriminatory and I can see its value in the vast culinary world. The one group of foods which I cannot see their value are: processed foods . Yuck! These include: hydrogenated oils, chemical colorings, artificial sweeteners and the like. Now, I’m not sure if I can even consider these “mainstream foods” because to me they are not considered foods. I consider them chemicals and altered substances. How can you argue that? Any takers?
I hope you enjoyed my answers to the Iron Foodie 2010 Challenge! Stay tuned for updates and vote for Wholesome Chow!