Chefs take on ‘Mystery Basket’ culinary challenge at Madison College
MADISON, Wis. — Madison College students and more than 20 Midwestern chefs took part in a “mystery basket” cooking challenge at the college this weekend.
Culinary instructor John Johnson said the tenth annual event celebrates competition and innovation by local chefs and chefs from across the region.
Each “mystery basket” contained up to 20 items that chefs had to use to prepare their meal. The professional chefs were given four hours to prepare a four-course meal, while the students were tasked with practicing techniques like ice carving, edible carving and platter assembly.
“It’s insane sometimes,” Johnson said. “They’re going like crazy. They’re running around. They write a menu, and then they have to make that menu based on what we give them.”
The competition featured several local food items, including Wisconsin cheeses and bacon from Fort Atkinson-based Jones’ Dairy Farm.
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