I was invited to attend the Mac & Cheese chef competition – the 2014 edition of the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook Off held at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto last week. I’d travel far and wide for my cheesy love affair and made the trek on transit. The event didn’t disappoint. I was thoroughly entertained. For me, the winner was my culinary imagination and my tastebuds! Here’s the line-up of entries:
Winner: Crispy Greens Mac & Cheese by chef Andrew Farrell
This entry and competition winner put punched in my pucker featuring four Dutchman cheeses, a very delish dish.
T & T Winner (my choice) (see photo): Dressed Up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese by chef David Bohati
My winner’s choice taunted and tantalized my senses with the delicate truffle oil aroma to the creamy and elegant Mornay sauce featuring Sylvan Star Smoked Gouda.
The Goddess Mac & Cheese by Bal Arneson
A smooth take to remake your Mac with an Indo-Canadian twist with silky Poplar Grove Camembert that was truly sophisticated and delightful.
Brooklyn Style Mac & Cheese by “the big cheese” Kevin Durkee
This was no “manga-cake” Mac with the infusion of Italian influences including garlic, herbs, sausage, use of ricotta and Bocconcini that’d make my Mom open to trying it!
This Grate cook off added inspiration to the traditional soulful Mac & Cheese dish we know and love. I make my Mac with some sautéed onions, pancetta with a punch of Asiago and Scooby-doo noodles. I’m poised and ready to try each of these recipes over the coming months. First up though, I’m planning to take a walk on the wild side by trying David’s Mushroom Mac soon.