Yesterday, the sun shone on my little stall at the Coromandel Seafood Festival and I had an awesome day selling cookbooks and preserves and greeting cards.
I was also lucky enough to be chosen to judge the cookery competition between three local chefs from Umu Café, The Pepper Tree Restaurant and Bar and Success Café. The chefs were presented with a mystery food box and 45 minutes to come up with two dishes. The mystery food box contained: paua (or abalone), snapper, oysters, edamame beans, bok choi, an orange and some Florence fennel. There was also a pantry with herbs, eggs, spices, flour, and other staples.
The chefs were allowed to bring salt and pepper and their knives, but nothing else… what a challenge and what great food was presented! Congratulations to all the chefs involved… and congratulations to the winner – The Pepper Tree.
Here are photos of the food (just before I tucked in!).
So if you come to Coromandel, be prepared to enjoy some great cooking and some great seafood!