Monday, September 19, 2005

Extreme Cooking Disasters Could Result In ‘Culinary Makeover’

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A kitchen catastrophe makes many people feel like turkeys but they could end up feeling like winners thanks to a new contest.

Ile De France gourmet cheese is searching for America’s biggest holiday cooking disasters and is asking failed chefs to log on to

The worst cook wins a culinary makeover with cookbook author Kathy Gunst, who will discuss tools, techniques and tastes.

Gunst says the holidays are an especially good time for kitchen disasters because “that’s when people who don’t usually cook venture into the kitchen. You have people who’ve never baked a cookie attempting pumpkin pie.”

But while inexperience is the worst teacher for budding Martha Stewarts, having tools doesn’t guarantee perfection. Gunst once made the mistake of leaving a pot of chicken soup on her stove unattended for four hours. She won’t reveal the extent of her damage but admits, “There was a lot of smoke.”

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20 and Gunst says people who want to avoid cooking disasters of their own should “Know the extent of your abilities,” and “Never try cooking a new recipe around the holidays.”

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