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Iron Chef Lange 2008

Christine Takes Iron Chef with Roast Beef and

Sun Dried Tomato Mayo Panini


Saturday, December 27, 2008

(Charlottesville, Virginia) – After a 6 year dry spell Christine was crowned the 2008 Iron Chef.  This year’s cooking theme was the panini. In Italian, panini is a term for a grilled sandwich that can include any creative combination of ingredients such as vegetables, meats and cheese layered between two pieces of fresh baked bread.  The three Lange Chefs brought their best and the day of cooking was eventful as usual.


A judging panel of 15 decided the winner.  Christine scored 130 points, Jennifer 121 points and Steven 110 points.  Comments on the scoring cards clearly highlighted Christine’s superior offering. 


The Wiggins and Connolly families traveled in from Richmond, VA to join the festivities, and members of the Sowell family traveled in from Alexandria and Warrenton, VA. The following are descriptions of the panini sandwiches:


2008  Iron Chef – Christine (130 Points)


Item: Roast Beef and Sun Dried Tomato Mayo

Ingredients:  Sourdough Bread, Deli Sliced Roast Beef, White Cheddar Cheese, Mayonnaise (Sun Dried Tomatoes, Horseradish, Ketchup, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper), Red Onion, Pickled Sweet Cherry Peppers, Red Pepper Flakes.

Special Presentation: Served with Chips and Speared Pickle Sweet Cherry Peppers


2008 Runner-up – Jennifer (121 Points)


Item: Pork Tenderloin and Apple Panini with Crème Fraiche

Ingredients:  Puff Pastry, Pork Tenderloin Fried in Hard Cider and Cider Vinegar, Caramelized Apples, Dipping Sauce (Shallots, Bay Leaf and Crème Fraiche and Ciders)

Special Presentation: Rectangular Plate with Separate Sauce Dish and Arugula


2008 Third Place – Steven (110 Points)


Item: Gruyere Panini with Parsley-Cornichon Tapenade

Ingredients: French Country Bread, Gruyere Cheese, Tapenade (Green Olives, Pickled White Onions, Capers, Cornichon, Parsley, Olive Oil)

Special Presentation: Served on Deli Sandwich Paper with Arrabiata Flavored Chips

and Speared Pickled White Onions and Cornichon

 Here are some pix: