Certain long term Austinites may remember the Texas Top Cook series of cooking challenges where a group of top flight Austin cooks would meet up in a big backyard and compete against one another in the category du jour of that particular evening. This was years ago, well before the food mania of our current times was the order of the day. Now, with USA gripped by chef’s shootouts, cookoffs, takedowns, beatdowns and whatever other nomenclature the promoters can come up with we’ve reached a level of undreamed of permeation.

Which leads us to the Chefs Under Fire competition pending at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts’.

Cause nothing says Escoffier like a cul de sac across from a dying shopping mall in Texas.

We’ve been trying to figure out what kind of competition this is as we are intrigued. Here’s the rulebook http://www.chefsunderfire.com/official-chefs-under-fire-rules/ and it’s scary as Hell.

As near as we can tell to become a contestant you submitted a video to hopefully qualify.

And you better hope your video did not contain any of the following: profanity, pornographic, or sexual content, content promoting illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms, or weapons, hateful content of any kind (including racism, sexism, etc.), content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature, or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content;

We know a lot of cooks and if you eliminate the above you’ve eliminated all the good ones. Hell just by eliminating profanity you’ve left yourself without a single viable candidate.

We just dug up a press release from the organizers: “Chef Contestants will be challenged to impress the Judges Panel with a complete dish preparation using a set of secret ingredients (to be announced live at each Regional), and under the pressure of a time restriction, sharing the kitchen with fellow contestants, and up to 150 food-loving onlookers.”

Ok, we get it. It’s a bit like Iron Chef. At least the judges in Austin are a pro level, who’s who with Paul Qui and Bryce Gilmore among the group.

The event takes place September 11th 2011 at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts’.

Tickets are $35 and you must be 21 years of age to attend.

The event begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 10pm


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