Knoxville's Top Chef 2010

Friday, 25 June 2010



My first house guest came for a visit the weekend before I left for the Gulf coast. Melissa and I went to a charity event benefiting East Tennessee Children's Hospital called Top Chef.  Some of the food was certainly cutting edge and creative.  

Here are some of my favorites:  

Scallops with peach chutney from The Orangery

Seared yellow tail tuna with rice pilaf and mustard-miso glaze from Nama

And from Chez Liberty (my favorite!!): Simon's coffee and walnut encrusted filet with lobster celery root puree, fiddlehead ferns with a chocolate demi-glaze.  Desert was Liberty Belgian chocolate and goat cheese fondant.



The event was hosted in the University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a beautiful venue.  Most people arrived before the sunset and as we made our way through the samples, the place cleared out.  Good!  More for us!



This is the dish from Nama which came in second (in my book) to Chez Liberty but wow it was amazing and the ambiance at their downtown location can't be beat.






Some of the desert was to die for.  We even tried chocolate covered bacon which neither of us really enjoyed.  There were a lot of pork products and we're not big fans.  The pecan tassies with lemon drizzle were amazing!



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