Take the 2-minute tour ×
Seasoned Advice is a question and answer site for professional and amateur chefs. It's 100% free, no registration required.

On the show "Chopped", a contestant was running out of time to finish his entrée (using the mystery ingredients: gingersnaps, sweet potatoes, farina and turbot), and his dish did not have a sauce, so without any time to make one, the chef got a bottle of white truffle oil and dribbled a little amount on the plate.

The judges were horrified and screamed out "Noooo!" when he did this.

He got chopped.

What was so wrong with what he did with the white truffle oil?

share|improve this question
    
What was the dish? –  Yamikuronue Dec 28 '11 at 15:25
    
@Yamikuronue Don't remember the specific dish, but I added the mystery ingredients to the post. –  LarsTech Dec 28 '11 at 15:37
4  
Short answer: it's a not-so-great fashion trend going out of style, see seriouseats.com/2011/04/…;. –  rumtscho Dec 28 '11 at 16:28
1  
@rumtscho Funny then, if it's so frowned upon, that the kitchen show would have the bottle available in their pantry. –  LarsTech Dec 28 '11 at 16:50
1  
@Rum So the real answer is, the contestant was a fashion victim arrested by the fashion police? –  mfg Dec 29 '11 at 15:40
show 1 more comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 4 down vote accepted

It most likely contained artificial truffle flavoring (a synthetic agent such as 2,4-dithiapentane), and the judges were purists. Little to no real truffle flavor is used in truffle oils.

share|improve this answer
add comment

A similar thing happened during the audition phase of season 2 of Master Chef. The contestant gave a little drop of the White Truffle oil on her dish and the judges flipped. Their explanation was that it contains no real truffle (as cptloop states) and further that the flavor is so over-powering, it masks all other flavors in the dish.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.