Here’s how to organize a group cooking challenge in your kitchen. (Roughly based on the TV show ‘Chopped.’)
Goal: Create a social experience, experiment, learn something new, and have fun!
Each participant brings 3-5 strange, unusual, foreign, untried, or previously unknown food items.
At the beginning, the challenge master collects these, groups them, and distributes them evenly among the chefs.
We decided not to attempt timed rounds. (Too much pressure!)
As a group, open and taste all the ingredients.
Everything in the kitchen pantry, spice cupboards, and refrigerator / freezer is available for use. (Or clearly define off-limits areas.)
If someone is stumped about what to prepare, everyone helps to brainstorm until they have a direction.
At the conclusion, everyone shares the meal.
Judging (if desired) can be accomplished by an individual, with a panel, or as group.
Ideas for Group Kitchen Challenge Themes:
Foods of color – purple, orange, green, etc.
For people around the age of ten (scrambles, healthy snacks, smoothies)
For people over twenty-one (food and beverage / wine pairings)
Movie / game night foods
Pasta & toppings
Soups – freezer container portioned for make-ahead meals