A Celebrity Chef Cast Iron Contest will test the open fire expertise of three local celetrity chefs on Saturday, Oct. 1, during the Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair.
Featured are: New York Wine & Culinary Center executive chef Andrew Chambers; Dan Eaton, host of YNN"s "Cooking at Home;" and Gary A. Giusti, store chef at Chili-Paul Wegmans Food Markets.
Radio host Michael Warren Thomas will emcee the contest that begins at 10 am adjacent to the museum’s Great Meadow and is expected to be completed by about 2 pm.
Each chef is invited to prepare an entire meal over an open fire using 19th-century receipts (recipes).
(A museum cook will be available to translate any unfamiliar ingredients or to encourage them in keeping their individual fires going, but nothing else.)
All ingredients will be provided along with the necessary cast ironware. The chefs may, however, bring their own utensils and may contribute their own interpretation of the receipts/recipes.
“I subscribe to Canadian cook and author Madame (Jehane) Benoit’s belief that ‘a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation’," said Pat Mead, the museum’s lead Foodways interpreter and the architect of the competition.
“I think this is going to be fun to watch.”
Visitors will be able to taste examples of the items being prepared and enter into a give-away of an enameled Lodge cast iron pot.
The Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair continues 10 am-4 pm at the museum Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2 and is free to youth 18 and under.
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm
Tues-Sun, May 7-Sept 4
plus Wed-Sun, Sept 10-Oct 9
& May 30, July 4, Sept 5 & Oct 10