The second Vegan Cook-Off, taking place Sunday, June 2 at 2pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn and presented by The Skint (a website run by a vegan who wishes to remain anonymous), has extended their deadline for competitor applications to Tuesday, May 28. The tasty theme this time around is Hors d’Oeuvres and the competition is open to everyday cooks brave enough to prepare vegan finger foods for 250+ attendees. To help decide whose tapas reign supreme, judges Terry Hope Romero, Blossom Restaurant Managing Partner Michael Parkin, and carnivore and BBQ master Dan Delaney will crown the top 3 dishes. Attendees will also help with the judging by selecting three People’s Choice winners. The event will be hosted by Brooklyn’s own vegan sideshow performer, Bobby Phobia.
Think you’ve got the chops to take home the $250 cash prize? Fill out an entry form. Are you better at eating than cooking? Tickets are still available, but are very close to selling out, so if you want to attend, don’t sleep on it.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I won first prize at The Skint’s Vegan Bake-Off back in February. I also took home a People’s Choice win. Additionally, I will be competing in this competition as well.
My experience at the first event was awesome. Hectic and crazy, but really wonderful (And not just because I won! Although that was really cool, too). I met several excellent vegan cooks, many of whom are involved in other AR and vegan organizations, and everyone was super friendly. The event ran smoothly and those who put it on did a fantastic job. It was also well worth the price of admission for the amount of food that was served.
This time around, I’m equally excited but don’t quite know how to feel about an omnivore judge. I understand it’s something that’s meant to mix things up, and I’m really interested in seeing Dan Delaney’s reaction to the food, but it’s a little too close to the idea of “passing” vegan food so that it’s palatable to omnivores (I don’t care if you like our food, omnivores). Still, I want to impress Terry Hope Romero like she’s my super hot prom date and I’m a pimply, 16-year-old nerd.
Buying a ticket to stuff your face? I look forward to feeding you. Joining me as a competitor? I’m gonna kick your butt! Since this isn’t my first rodeo, if you have any questions about the competition from a competitor’s perspective, you can leave a comment here or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.