When it comes to food, Gibraltar should be very proud of herself. Not only do we have a celebratory food festival “Calentita” in June where we celebrate food from the different backgrounds that make up our unique heritage but now we can add Rock Chef to our food culture.
“Passion for food, fierce competition, a unique challenge, fun and a race against time: Just some of the ingredients for ROCK CHEF”
Is the Facebook information given about the competition. The most important fact though is not included and that is that this is a competition for amateur cooks. So after weaning out those that have had professional experience and then setting a level for the competition the GFSB picked 12 contestants to appear on the TV show produced by GibMedia.
Having then to complete several challenges such as working service at local restaurants, three contestants made it through to the semi-final.
I was present at the Caleta Hotel for the semi-final and all I can say about the three courses without giving anything away is that we were treated to superior home cooking with one dish in particular delivering aspects of fine dining. When you watch the dishes on TV you will see what I mean by this. We then had to decide which course we thought was the best created dish based on creativity, technical ability, how it complimented the overall menu as well as flavour.
“superior home cooking”
The person with the least votes would be eliminated. We were not informed of the outcome of this; even though we all had our suspicions based on the question and answer session that followed.
The final was held at the Mons-Calpe Suite at the Cable Car Top Station. May I just say that this venue was incredible. We arrived around 7pm and the sun was still shining with the surroundings being lit up in gold. The Mediterranean Sea to one side and the Atlantic Ocean to the other. A truly magical venue for a finals dinner.
I was invited to attend by Gemma Arias, President of the GFSB, to whom I am eternally grateful. My luck however, didn’t end there, as I was sat at the centre table surrounded by some of the contestants who had been knocked out in the previous rounds.
“sheer passion for food”
Their company was fantastic! I marvelled at the anecdotes about the competition itself but ultimately it was their sheer passion for food that impressed me the most. Listening to them tell the rest of us stories about their home cooking (suckling pig, dishes with height and architecture, chocolate fondants) had me salivating before the cameras started rolling!
So with two finalists cooking their winning 3 course meal for us, how were we going to award the title of Rock Chef? On this occasion we were not responsible for picking a winner. A famous celebrity chef was given that daunting task. And no we were not going to eat 2 x 3 course meals either! Out of the two menus, we were meant to pick which we wanted to try. At our table we collaborated and thought we’d share all the courses to get the best impression of who we thought should win.
12 contestants, 3 semi-finalists, 2 finalists, 1 winner!
And the winner is….
So as not to give you any clues as to the finalists and dishes that were created I’ve not included food photos but will upload a photo gallery after the TV series has aired.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
Why not compete next year for the title of Rock Chef!