For the inaugural Inland Empire Sunday Night Chef Fight in front of a sold-
out audience of local foodies, both chefs came out throwing culinary haymakers and with plenty of weapons at their disposal.
Chef Jaimes won the toss and elected to go first; using his full 30 minutes, he presented three dishes: an Asian seafood sausage – made from halibut and shrimp – paired with mushroom chips, a sweet potato foam, Napa cabbage slaw and a peanut glaze; pork & beef chorizo in caulfat with an ancho chile mole, sauteed Shimenji mushrooms, and a Morel mushroom-
encrusted Oaxaca cheese sweet potato croquette; and finally a sweet potato “sausage” dessert paired with a Shitake-
peanut butter ice cream the Chef froze instantaneously with liquid nitrogen.
Chef Wood countered back with three dishes of his own: a coconut milk mashed sweet potato dumpling with grated mushrooms, crumbled sausage, and peanut sauce; a fried mushroom and sweet potato cake placed atop a disk of handmade tomato and Provolone sausage; and Asian-
infused stuffed mushroom caps with a sweet potato and chicken-
Asiago cheese sausage filling. He and his sous chef Roger finished early and had plenty of time to converse with the crowd.
In the end, the audience handed the decision to Chef Jaimes, who beat Chef Wood in creativity and appearance, but just slipped by in taste.
Chef Jaimes is our new Inland Empire Sunday Night Chef Fight Defending Champion and will defend his title on October 17th against Challenger Chef Laureen Pittman, an accomplished competitive cook, contest winner, and two-
time Pillsbury Bake-