Barbette Chef Sarah Master talks about auditioning for ABC's "The Taste"

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Chef Sarah Master 
There may be a familiar face on this season of ABC's The Taste.

Local chef Sarah Master of Uptown's beloved French bistro Barbette, revealed that she recently auditioned for the cooking competition show The Taste. The season premiere is this Thursday, January 2 on ABC at 7 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl will be hosting a premiere screening later that evening at 9:30 p.m. where Master will hand out samples of her audition dish.

The Hot Dish caught up with Master to chat about the experience, the judges, and why she decided to throw her hat in the ring. 

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Donut Cooperative's owner making a comeback

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You can't keep a good doughnut down

She was down, but Dawn Otwell isn't out. The owner of the beloved Donut Cooperative is back and ready for a battle. Find out where you can see her this summer.

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Local chef showdown at TPT's Whisk Factor

Crank up the ovens, the competition is going to get hot at TPT's Whisk Factor challenge next week.

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Michelle Gayer possible judge for new baking competition show
Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master

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Minnesotans invade MasterChef season four

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Local food blogger and master of cakes Marie Porter will be a season four contestant
The time has come for another season of the Fox Network's hit reality cooking show, MasterChef. This season get ready to root for the home team as six home chefs from Minnesota will enter into the culinary battlefield along with many others from around the country in an effort to take home the much coveted title of MasterChef.

Here's the lowdown on the local contestants:

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Iron Fork chef competition at International Market Square next week

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Jorge Guzman of Solera is one of the many chefs competing at Iron Fork

Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages' Iron Fork, a cooking competition featuring local Twin Cities-based chefs, bartenders, signature dishes from several restaurants, and one very accomplished brewmaster.

Here are more details on the event and the chefs you can expect to see at International Market Square on October 18:

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Andrew Zimmern wins James Beard Award

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Bizarre Foods guru Andrew Zimmern
Minnesota food celebrity and TV show host Andrew Zimmern has won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Show on Location. His popular Bizarre Foods show is now in it's seventh season, with new episodes airing on the Travel Channel Mondays at 8 p.m.

The James Beard Awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. The foundation was set up in 1986 in honor of culinary pioneer James Beard.

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Star Tribune's cookie of the year a salty-sweet treat

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Every December the Star Tribune tackles a problem that many people would envy: sorting through hundreds of cookie recipe submissions to find the annual Christmas cookie champion. This year Rick Nelson (check out this video describing the cookie-sorting process) chose a pistachio-orange sandwich cookie submitted by Mike Rohr who, naturally, adapted a recipe from his grandmother. But we had to find out firsthand: Is this truly 2010's best cookie?

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Iron Fork Competition seeks contestants

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So you think you can cook?
You slay your own deer. Confit your own ducks. And think nothing of whipping up a 7-course meal at home on a Tuesday night. Here's your chance to test your culinary mettle against some of the Twin Cities top chefs at the upcoming Iron Fork competition sponsored by Surdyk's and City Pages. (Don't worry about that first part--there won't be any killing or butchering involved...)

On Saturday, September 25, selected amateur chefs will battle for the chance to compete against the pros on October 14th. Last year, Emily Noble, the winner of the amateur contest, went pan-to-pan in the finals with JP Samuelson of Solera, Hakan Lundberg at Cosmos, Randall Toenges from Le Cordon Bleu, Matt Hinman of Happy Gnome, and grand champ Sameh Wadi from Saffron. This year, Noble's spot could be yours!

To apply, submit the following information to by Sept. 15:

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Vegan chili cook-off tomorrow at Fast and Furless

It's sorta hard to imagine vegan staples like tofu, tempeh, and textured vegetable protein carrying a chili, but carry they must at tomorrow's First Annual Vegan Chili Cook-off at Fast and Furless, the vegan boutique in Seward.

As of Thursday, 11 vegan cooks had signed on to enter a chili into the competition, which will be accompanied by vegan cornbread and Miller Genuine Draft, which, as it happens, is itself vegan. Who knew? (According to the folks at Fast and Furless, not all beer is vegan.)

Admission to the event is FREE.

Vegan Chili Cook-off
Sat., March 27
7 - 9 p.m.

Fast and Furless
2615 E. Franklin Ave.

GuacOff going down this week in Uptown

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While your chance to display your mad guac skillz for a crowd will have to wait til next year, you can still be a spectator at this Thursday's GuacOff sponsored by METRO Magazine at the schmancy Blue Apartments in Uptown.

The deal? Teams of up to five get avocados, onions, cilantro, limes, salt, and pepper and, along with up to three "secret incredients" of their choice, with the goal of putting together some guacs to knock the socks off a panel of judges.

Judging categories will be: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Team Name and Audience Choice. Tickets are $20, and that'll get you some -- guess? -- yes, guacamole, but some other food will be available, along with live music.

What: GuacOff
When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Blue, 2922 Aldrich Ave. S., Minneapolis
How: Get 'em here.
Why: Why not?

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