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Archive for January 2014

Gonzaga Prep grad competes in “Cutthroat Kitchen”

A Gongaza Prep grad appears in this weekend’s episode of Food Network’s reality competition show “Cutthroat Kitchen,” hosted by Alton Brown.

Brooke E. Egger, who grew up in Colville and now owns private chef and catering businesses in Santa Barbara, Calif., is one of four competitors in the “SoupsyDaisy” episode, which airs at 10 p.m. Sunday on the cable channel.

She can’t tell Too Many Cooks what happens or who wins.

But according to an online plot synopsis, one chef is forced to use only a 500-watt light to cook chicken soup on a cookie sheet. Another must use a bait bucket to supply a fish fry.

The show, which premiered last August, pits four chefs against each other in three rounds of kitchen challenges, shenanigans and sabotage.

Chefs have 60 seconds to gather ingredients, then bid on culinary curveballs with money from a $25,000 pot of cash given to each at the start of the show.

The winner keeps whatever cash is left.

“You’re going into it blind,” said Egger, 35. “Things are breaking. People are pushing each other. It’s definitely a battle. We were all throwing elbows, for sure.”

The 1997 Gonzaga Prep grad said she was contacted by Food Network to participate in the show, which was filmed last fall.

She owns Brooke E. Degustations and Brooke E. Catering in Santa Barbara.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Egger said of the experience, adding, “I can’t wait to do it again.”

Wanted: Cast iron cooking classes or competitions

Kenneth Porter has a couple of cast iron pots.

“I make a Creole pork stew. I use the smaller one for that,” said the Spokane Valley home cook. “The bigger one I use to cook up tomato mac and cheese.”

But he wants to hone his cast iron cooking skills and try out new recipes.

So he's wondering if anyone offers cast iron cooking classes in the Spokane area. He also wants to know if there are any local cast iron cooking competitions.

At 80, he doesn't want to compete, but he thinks it would be fun to watch.

“It'd keep me off the street,” he said, with a laugh.

If you know of a cast iron cooking class or competition, or plan to hold one soon, let Too Many Cooks know or send an email to Spokesman-Review Food editor Adriana Janovich at or (509) 459-5446.



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