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Chopsticks & Beyond Jumps into Zhengzhou

CRIENGLISH.com | Updated: 2014-11-13 14:49

Time was definitely tight but the pressure people had put on themselves served them well. Even the slowest team of Stuart Wiggin and Kim Hyegeon hustled their dish out of the kitchen with only a second to spare.

The judges lined up and sampled the dishes, visibly surprised or impressed with one dish or another. Judges seemed uncertain when Czech Petr Hodonsky insisted that judges dip their morsel of fish into a bowl of beer before consuming it. He definitely scored points for ingenuity, if not for taste.

Unfortunately, judges had no opportunity to discuss the different dishes or the reasoning of their choice, not that there was any uncertainty about who the winner was. Come voting time, judges unanimously voted Gabriela Filipovici and Naeem Khan's dish as the tastiest. Filpovici and Khan also claimed the prize for the public food award, securing the most votes by the invited audience members. Khan's face which seems to always bear a smile, grinned all the more so after being announced the winner.

Filipovici was impressed with everyone's effort and result. "Wow, you meet in a very few minutes to do something and it was not so easy. We can never, never cook those noodles the way that chef did. So we couldn't solve it. We had to try something else. But I wanted to keep the dish Chinese, to keep the taste and the appearance."

Filipovici echoed a sentiment of several contestants in that learning to cook liyubeimian had taught her more about the country it comes from. "From this contest we can learn more about China. You know, China is so big. So [this show] can present China's good places and good dishes."

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