Judging the Back of the House Brawl — I’m Judging You Right Now

So one of my favorite things in Vegas is the Sat­ur­day Night Truck Stop at Tommy Rock­ers. Every Sat­ur­day, a bunch of Vegas’ finest gourmet food trucks gather out­side of Tommy Rocker’s, a bar just on the other side of the free­way from the 15.

Every other Sat­ur­day (or so), how­ever, is when it gets really good. This is when they have the Back of the House Brawl, a friendly lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion involv­ing Strip chefs get­ting out of their state of the art, casino kitchens and cook­ing in the back of a cramped food truck. (To be fair, some of these trucks are like con­dos inside, but nowhere near what a real restau­rant kitchen is like). Epic bat­tles have taken place. Mighty chefs have fallen.

First the chefs are given the theme ahead of time to pre­pare a dish to be sold from the truck, and then after an hour of sell­ing, they are given a bas­ket of secret ingre­di­ents to cre­ate a brand new dish to pre­sented to the judges. This is where I come in. [Read more…]

Today’s Soundtrack. Lots of techno, very little food.

Today I plowed through my final story due for the Octo­ber food issue of Vegas/Rated. As it’s the food issue, I had quite a few sto­ries to file. This last one I worked on I put off because I knew it would be the hard­est for me to write — and so I set a reward for myself for when I fin­ished it. When I fin­ished my final fea­ture story, I would be able to pur­chase my ticket to Europe for a trip I’m tak­ing in the name of techno five weeks from now.

I relied on a Cocoon set from Ger­man DJ Sven Väth to help me out in this endeavor. Vath also hap­pens to be head­lin­ing the Fly BerMuDa Fes­ti­val, the rea­son why I’m going to Berlin.

Con­se­quently there was lots of techno to go with today’s work, but very lit­tle food. All I ate today, in addi­tion to my typ­i­cal morn­ing pro­tein shake and iced mocha, was one of these bad boys that I keep stashed in my desk.

World' s Finest Chocolate [Read more…]