Duelling Chefs 9 (and finale): Juniper vs Black Cat Bistro
Juniper's co-owners Pete Robblee and Norm Aitken with Mayor (and honourary event chairman) Jim Watson
The finale of the 2011 Duelling Chefs charity series was certainly not boring, with some really challenging “black box” ingredients. The secret ingredient was coffee, with octopus and bison being the donated protein. Juniper won the final challenge of the year fairly convincingly, though the food from both sides of the kitchen was stellar. Juniper wrapped-up the series with a 6-3 record, with each battle pretty hotly contested. For the full write-up, I highly recommend Ottawa Citizen’s Food Editor, Ron Eade’s blog.
Here are some food highlights:
Juniper's bison tartare with whole wheat coffee cup cracker, quail's egg, sweet corn puree, and organic canola oil
Black Cat's smoked and grilled octopus with potatoes, grapes, parsley, fennel, sour cream, roast garlic coffee puree, and lemon coffee vinaigrette
Juniper's coffee marinated BBQ bison with roast garlic potato puree, coffee maple glazed carrot, and a coffee scented jus
Black Cat's dessert: Hazelnut financier, coffee cream anglais, hazelnut coffee soil and banana ice cream