Iron Chef: Lapine
Last year it was bowling. This year: cooking.
A few weeks ago we held our annual national channel partners summit here in the office. After spending the day learning about what was new at Lapine and getting an in-depth look at some of our brands, the channel partners and our Lapine crew boarded a bus into NYC to attend a cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). And like a lot of things at Lapine, the night turned into a competition.
The group was split into three teams: one in charge of the appetizers, home-made cheese ravioli, one handling the main course, chicken in a mushroom and leek sauce with roasted veggies and polenta, and the final team prepared a lemon tart with fresh whipped cream and berries for dessert. As we donned our chef hats and personalized aprons, that old adage came to mind – “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
I was on the main course team and my roommates will attest to the fact that I am never the one in charge of cooking dinner, so I was a little nervous getting behind the popping oil on the stove. I came out unscathed, though, and proud to say that my team made a delicious meal.
The ICE staff was great helping us all cook our portion of the meal and teaching little tips and tricks along the way. At the end of the evening we all sat down together to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Every dish was more delicious than the last and we were all very proud of ourselves.
The ICE chefs judged our cooking and meals and when it came down to awards all three teams had won some bragging rights. The prize for Taste went to the ravioli, the Teamwork Award went to the main course group and the dessert team took home Best Presentation.
Despite the friendly competition, the night was a great opportunity to spend time together and do something unique we don’t normally get the chance to. Everyone left with a full stomach and some good memories!
Too see more photos from the event, check out our Facebook page!
Written by Ashley