Thursday, September 13, 2007

Chefs Bug Out For An ‘Iron Chef’ Style Cook-Off

RALEIGH, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Chefs in Raleigh, North Carolina, are bugging out for an Iron Chef-style cook-off.

The 4th Annual Bugfest Critter Cook-Off will buzz into North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences tomorrow (Sept. 14), and two chefs will face off in a battle to see who’s the creme de la creme of critter cooking.

The bug bakers will be whipping up a three-course meal featuring insect ingredients, including mealworms, grasshoppers, crickets, and ants, and according to the museum’s assistant communications director, Emelia Cowans, the crickets can be a real pest during grub time.

She says, “The crickets are all right up until the legs. They kind of get stuck in your teeth and are a pain to get down.”

However, judges this year will be sampling creepy crawler concoctions like cricket gumbo and batter-fried grasshoppers, and should have no problem keeping them down.

Says Cowans: “The judges are used to the bugs. Their eyes do water up a little bit, but they keep it down. They’re good sports.”

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