This post was sponsored by Benefiber®. The opinions expressed are my own based on my experience.
When a representative from Benefiber® contacted me to see if I would be interested in a friendly cook-off with two other chefs utilizing the fiber additive in breakfast dishes to be held in the pedestrian walkway of Herald Square in NYC (right outside of Macy’s), I was thrilled. Myself, along with fellow food blogger Susan from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen and Justin Mazzola, a NYC restaurant chef, were to create three recipes and incorporate Benefiber into our sample plates that were going to be evaluated by three judges; who unbeknownst to me at the time were Top Chef: All Stars winner Richard Blais, Krysta Rodriguez, who plays Casey in the Broadway musical First Date; and Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian, author, and freelance food and nutrition writer.
Here is how the day went…
- Cream of Wheat with Tofu, Bananas, Walnuts & Maple Syrup
- Caprese Egg White Omelette
- Spinach & Scallion Egg Sandwich on an English Muffin
Then I heard a familiar voice as a man worked his way behind the work tables with a microphone. Greg T the Frat Boy from Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show had worked his way in behind our workspaces to cover the story. If you’re not familiar with the station, they play Top 40 music and with one teenager and one preteen in the house, the radio is no longer mine when they’re around and this is their station of choice. This one is for my girls; who were very jealous btw.
Now for the moment of truth. The judges sampled all three of our dishes, loved each and every one of them and they were ready to announce the winner. And the winner is….Carrie Farias! I WON! I couldn’t believe it.
My dishes were much simpler than my competitors and I was questioning myself the entire time. Maybe I should have been more elaborate or creative. But simple, easy to recreate at home recipes is what I’m about here at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen so I went with what I know. Good food is good food, no matter how simple it is to make.
Thank you to everyone involved in the days’ events including Tessa, Michael, and Ally from the PR and Event Companies; as well as the many workers that helped put this successful event together. It was a really fun day and a great experience!