'Shroom Throwdown Looms
Thu January 21, 2010 4:04 pm

mushroomDon’t delay, you have just about a week left to sign up to attend the ‘Shroom Throwdown in Houston on Monday, February 1, at Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse.

What the heck IS a ‘Shroom TD? A cookoff–with fungi as the not-so-secret ingredient—pitting ten of the city’s most fabulous chefs  against each other for the title of  ‘Shroom TD Champ. It costs $30 a ticket, and you get to wander around, nibble the contestants’ food, hobnob, and sample the wares of a cash bar. (Water’s free.) Lasts from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

The sponsor is the Houston Chowhounds, that manic food club (they have so many events I can’t even keep up). Yours truly is one of  six judges. (By the way, there’s still an opening for a “wild card judge,” so if you think you’re hot stuff, send head Hound Jenny Wang  a clever answer to the question: “Why should I be a STD [‘Shroom Throwdown] Judge?” Forward it to imneverfull@gmail.com by—eek—tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22.)

For full info, check out the ‘Hounds Web site.

Here are the competing chefs:

Mark Cox - Executive chef of Mark’s
Robert Del Grande – Executive chef/owner of RDG
David Grossman - Executive chef/partner of Branch Water Tavern
Grant Hunter - Executive chef of Brenner’s on the Bayou
Michael Kramer - Executive chef of Voice  *Previous TD champion*
Rebecca Masson - Pastry chef
Carlos Rodriguez - Concept chef of Vic & Anthony’s
Chris Shepherd – Executive chef/partner of Catalan
Cunninghame West - Executive chef of Valentino Vinbar
LJ Wiley - Executive chef/partner of Yelapa Mexicana

(And by the way, if that picture I posted is of a poisonous mushroom, I don’t even want to know about it.)

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