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Vegan Rumble and Shake: Cooking Competition Photo Recap

Posted by Amie / June 18, 2013

vegan-rumble-crudessenceHiphop, raw white chocolate mousse, interval training, falafels, pilates, lucuma caramel, black truffles, Thai summer rolls with red bean-coconut dipping sauce, and boxing match-style hooting and hollering turned this friendly cooking competition in a bar in the Village into a Saturday night all-out, no-holds-barred vegan happening. Who won? Find out after the jump...

vegan-rumble-crudessence-teamThe Crudessence team

HOW IT WORKED

When people got there they signed up to support one of the three teams: Crudessence, La Panthere Verte, or ChuChai. Then there were some announcers to introduce the competitors. They were much friendlier than the UFC - there was a lot more dancing (see Crudessence team above) than there were threats. Vegans are so positive...and these three fabulous chefs were some of the happiest culinary experts I've met.

Rumble & Shake Végétalien from Rachel_et_Michel on Vimeo.

The amazing video by Montreal video production company, Rachel et Michel, recapping the event.

THE TEAMS

Crudessence - Co-owner David Côté, Chef Stéphanie Audet, Director of Marketing/Plating assistant Paul Gelinas, Lauren Rathmell of Lufa Farms, myself, videographer Michel of Rachel et Michel, Sportera's fitness guru Kevin Pillu, and Prana's Marie-Josée Richer

La Panthere Verte
vegan-rumble-la-panthere-verteChef Luis Romero, Haim Shoham, Ramezy Kassous from Les Jardins Carya, Steven Homer from Les Fermes Zephyr, Marie-Ève Savaria of the excellent blog, Brutalimentation (I was so glad to meet her after reading her blog for so long), sketcher Jean-Phillippe Cousineau, Dana El-Hallack from Goa Pilates, and Catherine Riendeau of Truffe Import (the one in the photo with the giant black Quebec truffle!!).

ChuChai
vegan-rumble-chuchaiThai Goddess/Chef Lily Sirikittikul (along with her daughter and assistants), Farm D-Trois Pierre's Judith Colombo, 4 Corners of the Table vegan culinary tours' Mélissa Simard (also one of the event organizers), photographer Mélanie Dusseault, Majiza Phillip of Rhythm'n'Groove, and one of my favourite gourmet grocers, Les Douceurs du Marché's Erica Dancose (not one of the spectacled gentlemen from the shop, but she did them proud).

THE FOOD

Then each team's supporters had to participate in an activity - Rhythm'n'Groove taught their team a dance routine and then selected five of the best participants to win prizes and help assemble their competition appetizers (my friend rocked it and won a $200 gift certificate for fruits and vegetables from that team's supporting farm, D-Trois Pierre). Goa Pilates led La Pathere Verte's participants through a tug-of-war style excercise, and Sportera did some football-inspired interval training. We were starving by the end of this madness. Thank goodness all the winners were so pumped from winning hundreds of dollars in prizes (free orders from Prana, memberships, dance classes, CSA subscriptions) to power through assembling 200 plates of appetizers each...including:

Chuchai:
vegan-rumble-chuchaiShredded cucumber salad hand-infused in a mortar and pestle with tomatoes, Thai chilies, and soy vinaigrette. It was great to see the participants using the mortar and pestles to combine the dressing with the spiralized cucumber slices.
AND
Rice paper salad rolls with red bean (in place of peanut sauce) sauce with a salty-sweet-coconut dipping sauce. So addictive.

Panthers Verte (photo above): Raw shaved parsnip, garlic scrapes, half a black truffle, olive oil, and salt on lettuce leaves and mini pitas - The most extravagant vegan offering of the night.
Mini falafels with chimmichurri, beet-pickled onions, shredded cabbage, carrots, and cucumber, and sauerkraut.
And my personal savoury fav: Deep-fried tofu rectangles topped with mango-basil-ginger salad and guacamole.

Crudessence: Raw white chocolate mousse, with lucuma, agave and coconut oil caramel, wild pears, strawberry compote, hemps seds and sprouts. I don't think this one is in their recently released English cookbook (called "Raw Essence" and launched last weekend at their new English-language cooking school - The Academy of Living Foods - on Monkland in NDG) but it should be.

AND THE WINNER WAS...

No one! Huh? All that and no one won? Vegans are clearly too darn friendly. After all that hype and dancing around there should have been a winner. But when everyone clapped for their favourite team it was impossible to tell who got the most applause. Not exactly a fool-proof grading system, clapping...

Who won for me? As the clearly unbiased blogger for Crudessence, I say our team clearly won. Others may disagree. Others would be wrong. But I'll be honest, I ate a lot of salad rolls because of that crazy good red bean sauce. Take that, peanuts!

The dance party didn't materialize after, since everyone was tuckered out from the pre-rumble warm-ups and the abundance of food. That incredibly good white chocolate mousse knocked me out. That mousse had a strong left hook...

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