Ending Meal Madness with a “Bang!”

Since our last update about the student cooking competition Meal Madness, the Cookology team moved onto the semi-finals! Their entry was a composed rutabaga cardamom soup captured in an upside-down shot glass and surrounded by croutons, pickled apples, edible flowers, and grated nutmeg. The presentation is a homage to Grant Achatz’s style when he was leading Trio in Evanston, now Quince.

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The Cookology team next advanced to the final round of Meal Madness held in the student center of Northwestern University. The team took out the big guns, i.e., an immersion circulator, and worked to prepare a teriyaki-glazed salmon with wasabi cream, beetroot puree, and apple salad; all the while, providing samples to over 80 students that dropped by to watch the competition.

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We are very happy to announce that in an exciting and long final round, the Cookology team is the victor of Meal Madness 2014! We want to thank Northwestern Dining for this great opportunity that they have provided Northwestern students not only to express their culinary creativity, but also to work with the beloved chefs and staff that have been supporting the campus. Cookology had an amazing time!

To learn more about the Cookology members that competed in Meal Madness and what makes them so passionate about food, be sure to check out this interview conducted by Northwestern Dining.

Meal Madness: Round 1—Go!

Cookology has sent two representatives to participate in Meal Madness, Northwestern Dining’s student cooking competition! Our entry into the first round was a beet salad: a strudel inspired by Chef Bruno Albouze with a beet puree and greens. (This dish will also be included on our vegetarian menu for our pop-up restaurant during the beginning of December!)

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From our plating practice the night before the first round.

Despite some logistical hiccups with setting up our booth in Sargent dining hall, we were able to get our dish together in time for the judges. The competition itself was extremely fun, and we were pumped to finally show NU students, staff, and faculty both the vision of our group and the growing skills of our members!

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We’re pleased to announce that Cookology will be moving onto the next round tomorrow! Stay tuned for what we have in store!