Are you ready for more cooking competition?
Chef Brother Luck, chef/owner at Four by Brother Luck
, launched a new series of cooking competitions in his kitchen on Thursday, Aug. 31, dubbed 86'd.
The first iteration saw Evan Neece of Cowboy Star
pitted against Charlie Dolan of Cañon City's Pizza Madness
. Neece scored a narrow victory, impressing Luck as well as judges Tara Juarros and Scott Batley, both of whom were pulled from the audience.
Neece and Dolan had an hour to make four courses from ingredients in the Four pantry. Luck added four constraints: they had to make a dish with striped sea bass, they had to make a dish with oysters, they had to make a dish with a dumpling, and they had to make a classic French omelette. The judges praised Neece's preparation of sea bass over eggplant purée, with Luck enjoying his acid balance in particular. All three judges also enjoyed Dolan's pretzels and beer cheese, his dumpling dish.
Luck considers this competition as the first of many to come — he's putting together a bracket of local chefs he hopes to pit against one another, with the overall winner taking home some sort of prize. Further, he hopes to feature local chefs who don't get as much attention in town — the up-and-coming chefs who have reputations to build.
Luck will announce the next round soon. Until then, check out some photos from the event in the slideshow below.