Cooking competition ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ keeps it local, sustainable
Mix “Top Chef” and “Amazing Race,” throw in some world-renowned kitchen masters as hosts and guest advisors, and you’ve got the recipe for Bravo’s latest reality competition, “Around the World in 80 Plates,” premiered last night. From “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” creators Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth, and hosted by Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) and Cat Cora (“Iron Chef America”), the series sends 12 chef contestants to 10 countries in 40 days to compete for cash and prizes, starting in London, where Nigella Lawson is the guest advisor. Divided into two teams, competitors race to source local ingredients and then take over a restaurant, to be judged on food and service by the diners.
Cooking competition 'Around the World in 80 Plates' keeps it local, sustainable
“A lot of it was sourcing from the Earth,” notes Lipsitz, recalling several vegetarian dishes. Cora does, as well. “The way they eat in a lot of these countries is going to the market and getting local produce, fruits, spices or meat straight from the butcher.” Dishes sampled ranged from the acquired taste of English steak-and-kidney pie with blood sausage to the sublime white truffle salad that Cora and Stone agree is the best thing they ate.

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How to Deliciously Cut Calories From Your Diet…according to World Master Chef Meg Galvin

How to Deliciously Cut Calories From Your Diet...according to World Master Chef Meg GalvinWhat are the easiest – most delicious – ways to cut calories

Chef Meg Galvin uses the following cooking tricks to cut calories and maintain mouthwatering flavor and super satisfaction.

Use parchment paper for steaming and roasting

“By ‘wrapping’ up your food you will be able to reduce and even omit using oil and butter in your steaming and roasting recipes,” explains the master chef. “The paper will trap in the heat and not permit flavors to escape. Easy clean-up is an added bonus.”

Go topless to cut carb calories

Chef Galvin recommends using only one slice of bread on sandwiches, omit breadcrumb topping on casseroles, and say, “No, thank you,” to croutons on salads. (more…)