Last night on DI we had to feed 300 people a Southern feast based on The Devil went Down to Georgia song. The food had to be based on the song and pass a taste test by Charlie Daniels himself. One of the real treats of the show was getting to met and spend some time with James Otto. He is super talented and a great guy.
We had a lot of fun doing this mission but also ran into our fair share of problems. The first being that the only food reference in the song is chicken. As I looked through the coolers the only chicken I could find was boneless skinless breasts. Now I know a lot of people are fans of boneless skinless chicken but dont count me in that bunch. Even if you love the stuff you have to admit that chicken tastes a hell of a lot better roasted whole on the bones with the skin on... and if you have to have it BS you can do it after it is cooked and has benefited from the flavor that the bones and skin provide.
The next big issue was the freaking equipment...some of this stuff was possessed..going on and off for no reason. As much as I like to do braises this was creating some major problems with time and I was really concerned that the shanks would not be ready on time.
Lastly, just as we thought we were going to make it on time all of the guests showed up an hour early and were hungry and ready to eat. We were really scrambling at the end but managed to get all the food out. Its no different than the restaurants. You try to control everything but sometimes shit happens that you cant control. We could have just made them wait but it has to always be all about the guests.
Im really enjoying doing DI. We try to push ourselves as hard as we can and take as few shortcuts as possible to finish. Often you also have the opportunity to use some of the places staff to get you through the mission but we try to take on as much of it as we can by ourselves so we can really control the quality of the product. It is not always the easiest way of doing things but I know its the best and hopefully it is appreciated by those watching.
Tell me what you think so far.....live to cook, MS