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View Poll Results: Will you participate in the Virtual Golden Chef Cookoff?
As a chef, Yes 7 43.75%
As A Chef, No 0 0%
As a Judge, Yes 5 31.25%
As a Judge, No 0 0%
As a chef in the future, Yes 2 12.50%
As a chef in the future, No 0 0%
As a Judge in the future, Yes 1 6.25%
As a Judge in the future, No 1 6.25%
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Old 02-01-2007, 02:46 PM   #31
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I don't see this as being about the competition against others as much as challenging yourself to be the best you can be. I try to do this in my life as much as possible as it is. I'm constantly getting criticized for getting in over my head for doing things like signing up for triathlons beyond my ability, getting an education in a school full of people much smarter than me, or signing up for online cooking contests against professional chefs! I don't care about winning or being better than others. It's about doing the best I can and achieving more than I ever thought possible.

If I can't challenge myself to be better than what people expect of me, then I might as well give up now.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:09 PM   #32
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Wow! Suddenly this thing is comming to life. But I still don't see the poll showing who wants to try this challenge. Maybe all who have agreed to participate will vote. And mods, the poll used to show who answered, at least on the first day the poll was up. Does it still do that? If so, then we would know who the contestants and judges are. If not, then please, everyone who wants to participate, as a judge, or contestant, please give a simple post with how you want to participate, as in either judge or contestant.

Examples: Goodweed of the North - Cooking Contestant

Googly Moogly - Judge

Miss Piggy - Judge

Sour Grapes - Cooking Contestant

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:53 PM   #33
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I mentioned the contest to Kim (DH) last night, and he said, "Go for it". Thing being, I'm just not too thrilled with the main ingredient.

Could I ask for more information as to what is involved in being a judge? Am I correct in assuming that we would prepare each recipe submitted? I think we would need a universal form to fill out, giving points to each area, such as appearance, taste, clarity of recipe, ease of preparation, availability of ingredients, etc.

Another question, about the spending limit. Is that $25 per person?
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:07 PM   #34
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The only problem I see with being a judge is that you'd have to imagine how the ingredients would taste together based on a written recipe and a photograph. Some of us may have such sophisticated palates that we could do such a thing. But I don't think I could do such a thing. I usually have an idea when I look at recipes, but the finished product is always different... because technique is part of the art of cooking.

I'm not poo-poo'ing the idea or anything. I just want to do the tasting in person. Bring all creations to Las Vegas and I'll be stoked to be a judge!

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Old 02-01-2007, 07:14 PM   #35
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Wow! Suddenly this thing is comming to life. But I still don't see the poll showing who wants to try this challenge. Maybe all who have agreed to participate will vote. And mods, the poll used to show who answered, at least on the first day the poll was up. Does it still do that? If so, then we would know who the contestants and judges are. If not, then please, everyone who wants to participate, as a judge, or contestant, please give a simple post with how you want to participate, as in either judge or contestant.

Examples: Goodweed of the North - Cooking Contestant

Googly Moogly - Judge

Miss Piggy - Judge

Sour Grapes - Cooking Contestant

Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
Maybe you could reduce the poll to just a few questions such as;

I would like to participate as a chef
I would like to participate as a judge
I would like to participate in the future

Just a thought, because it really does not matter if people "do not" want to participate right?
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:26 PM   #36
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The only problem I see with being a judge is that you'd have to imagine how the ingredients would taste together based on a written recipe and a photograph. Some of us may have such sophisticated palates that we could do such a thing. But I don't think I could do such a thing. I usually have an idea when I look at recipes, but the finished product is always different... because technique is part of the art of cooking.
That is where everyone's creative writing comes into play. That, and photos would do quite well, I think. Just so long as everyone signs the waiver that says that everything in the photo is indeed, edible food, and not Elmer's glue with red food coloring masquerading as pomegranate syrup.

Maybe I'd like to be a judge.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:42 PM   #37
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The only problem I see with being a judge is that you'd have to imagine how the ingredients would taste together based on a written recipe and a photograph. Some of us may have such sophisticated palates that we could do such a thing. But I don't think I could do such a thing. I usually have an idea when I look at recipes, but the finished product is always different... because technique is part of the art of cooking.

I'm not poo-poo'ing the idea or anything. I just want to do the tasting in person. Bring all creations to Las Vegas and I'll be stoked to be a judge!

Note, too, that there is nothing re "taste" in the judging scheme from the first post in this thread. I think GW specifically chose the judging scheme to account for the fact that taste does not come into play.
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Old 02-02-2007, 12:28 PM   #38
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I mentioned the contest to Kim (DH) last night, and he said, "Go for it". Thing being, I'm just not too thrilled with the main ingredient.

Could I ask for more information as to what is involved in being a judge? Am I correct in assuming that we would prepare each recipe submitted? I think we would need a universal form to fill out, giving points to each area, such as appearance, taste, clarity of recipe, ease of preparation, availability of ingredients, etc.

Another question, about the spending limit. Is that $25 per person?
That is $25 per entry. And as for the points, please see the first post in this thread. It explains the point system used for this contest.

As a judge, you would be expected to cretique each criteria based on your own knowledge. Of course, taste, smell, and texture couldn't be judged unless you have that amazing knack of being able to put together items in your mind, based on past experience, and extrapolating from that experience to imagine what the item would taste like.

I am fortunate to be able to do that fairly well. But sometimes I find that I misjudged and have come up with something unexpected. That is why taste, texture, and aroma are not judged. It is up to the cook/chef who prepared the food to self-critique and learn from the experience.

The winner of the competition will be judged on the listed criteria.

I hope that answers your questions.

Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North

P.S. For those who are worried that they can't come up with ideas for rolled or steel-cut oats, I'll give you some of the more common ideas already found in most house-holds:
No-bake cookies
Flavored oatmeal
Crisp toppings for things like apple crisp
Granola
Pancakes
Waffles
Coatings for fried foods (usually mixed with something else)
muffins
breads
soups

And those are just a few of the many available ideas. Now, I've probably already given away too many secrets so I'm going away now.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:12 PM   #39
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i sure hope sour grapes wins. his sarcasm is really funny, and doesn't always try to serve a pancake course with every meal, like that other contestant.
i heard the other guy tried to foam pancake batter. sheesh!

and i heard his crock pot chicken soup is thickened with carpet fibers...
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:17 PM   #40
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i sure hope sour grapes wins. his sarcasm is really funny, and doesn't always try to serve a pancake course with every meal, like that other contestant.
i heard the other guy tried to foam pancake batter. sheesh!

and i heard his crock pot chicken soup is thickened with carpet fibers...
BT's talkin' smack. I don't see his famous "dirty sock soup" in the running for any prizes. They tell me it smells like pop corn.

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