'cooking competitions' on Serious Eats

Serious Heat: What the Heck Is a Trigona?

So what the heck is a trigona? I certainly didn't know before meeting Greg. It's sweet or savory goodness wrapped in phyllo dough, fashioned into a triangle shape. Greg channeled his Greek roots for this recipe, especially since the baked phyllo shell would stay crispy for hours, an absolute must when in a competition cookoff. More

Chopped: Food Network Searches for Top Sous-Chefs

Bravo's uber-successful reality series/competition Top Chef will be airing its third season this summer, and I guess maybe the Food Network was feeling sad and unloved, so they put up an ad on Craigslist for their own version of the show: "Chopped, a Food Network cooking competition is currently casting sous-chefs, who want to test their culinary skills against those of other sous-chefs. The show begins with four competitors and ends with only one as the winner." On Top Chef, competitors include sous-chefs, executive chefs (albeit ones from small restaurants), and people fresh from culinary school, so while it's nice that the competitors on Chopped will be getting more attention and respect, doesn't having a sous-chef-only competition imply that... More

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