Duelling Chefs 6 – Domus Cafe
Domus Cafe's John Taylor & team plating
This past Monday was the 6th installment of the 2011 Duelling Chefs season, and unbelievably it was another extremely close battle. The challenger was John Taylor representing Domus Cafe in the Byward Market (he also owns Taylor’s Genuine Food & Wine Bar), a seasoned veteran in the Ottawa cullinary scene since the mid 1980s. The secret ingredient was pineapple – a versatile yet tricky fruit to incorporate into 3-4 courses.
Domus was able to capture the 2nd win against Juniper this year – but once again only after the scoring had to go to the tie-breaking secret judge. Both kitchens served delicious and creative food all evening – it was a real treat. For the full write-up, check out Ottawa Citizen’s Food Editor, Ron Eade’s blog post
. As usual, here are my highlights in photos:
I love this shot of Juniper's Norm Aitken prepping for service
Domus Cafe's Amuse: Coconut milk squash soup, compressed pineapple and chicken bacon.
Another one of my favorite candids - Juniper's Pete Robblee. And it's not that I favour Juniper, their side of the kitchen just has much nicer lighting.
Domus Cafe's Roasted halibut with roasted chamomile syrup, beet puree, pineapple salsa and sweet potato pave. I absolutely loved the colours in this dish - not to mention the flavours.
Juniper's meat dish: Chicken breast roulade with chicken leg and foie gras, pineapple chile sabayon, and pineapple chicken shot.
Juniper's Dessert : Pineapple pudding chaumeur, pineapple candy and pina colada sorbet.