What would you do with a Roasted Chicken, a few grapes, spinach, pears, almonds, and horseradish? The most creative use of these ingredients posted back to Bill Marriott's blog by August 15th will be the Challenge winner, and recieve a personal call from Mr. Marriott.
This all started with our European Marriott Hotels Black Box Challenge. Teams from each of the Marriott Hotels throughout all of Europe competed in a friendly but serious competition to see which hotel could produce a themed dinner from a basket of mystery ingredients. Over the course of a year and in each major city throughout the continent, teams competed until one hotel was crowned the winner. That team was the Marriott Forest of Arden.
Earlier this year, we brought the team in Washington and cooked with them as they recreated their winning dishes. Some of the members had never been to the US, so in true Chesapeake fashion we not only cooked in the test kitchen, but brought them to a true Baltimore Crab House for Old Bay Steamed Crabs. I have alwaye felt that the best travel experiences are built around the food of the area. Nothing speaks to the US Mid-Atlantic like a pile of steamed Blue Crabs on a paper lined table with nothing but a wooden mallet to get to the tender crab meat under the hard shell. After two hours of cracking and picking, our British chefs became bona fide experts on the art of crab bashing.
Friendly competition is a great thing. We have seen a great deal of interest in this type of activity, especially with groups coming to our hotels as part of larger meetings. Have you ever cooked competively? Try your hand at it by sending Bill Marriott your ideas!
What's on YOUR plate today?