Announcing the VeganMoFo 2014 Chopped! Champion!

It’s time to announce the winner of this year’s VeganMoFo Chopped! competition! Our contestants showed up for a vibrant, well-rounded entree round with Oolong tea, fresh prune plums, spicy jalapeños and every Fraggle’s favorite, the hot-headed radish.

Here’s a listing of our fab contestants and their variety of exciting submissions, in random order:

You can check out all their photos and more on our Chopped! Contestant! Roundup!

Here we go!  After much deliberation on who really got creative and elevated their ingredients, plus much discussion on presentation, perceived taste and the use of those mighty ingredients, our judges (Julia Legume, Dan Reed & Chelsea Hoshi) came to a decision!

Without further adieu, our new VeganMoFo Chopped! Champion is….Emily of the Vegan Needs Sauce tumblr and her Channa Masala with Plums, Radish Salad and Oolong Rice

Our 2014 Winner! Vegan Needs Sauce’s Channa Masala with Plums, Radish Salad and Oolong Rice

Our judges agreed that incorporating all these flavors into a channa masala, which is a dish they already enjoy, was super special, intriguing and seemed quite balanced in terms of flavor combinations, bonus fresh herbs and that lovely tea-infused rice!

Emily wins a special sweet prize from our friends at Chicago Vegan Foods, a Vegan Iron Chef tshirt to show her vegan cookin’ pride, and the coveted title of VEGANMOFO! CHOPPED! CHAMPION!

More from Emily on her dish:

So when they announced the ingredients for the Vegan MoFo Chopped! basket, I knew I had to give it a shot. They are: radish, oolong tea, fresh prune plums, and jalapeno. It took me a little time to mull it over (look, I won’t do well on the real “Chopped”), but I decided to look to Indian cooking for inspiration and make channa masala with some plums in the spicy tomato sauce base, radish salad, and basmati rice cooked with oolong tea.”

Love it!

Big ups to Chicago Vegan Foods for donating! Check out their new mini Dandies for  your autumn treats and upcoming hot cocoa rounds!

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Thanks to everyone for entering!!

Pssst, Emily, please leave a comment or tweet to us with your email address, so we can connect ya with CVF and send that shirt! – jess

 

 

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About jess sconé

Portland farmers market obsessed crazy cat lady with a penchant for pickling, DIY mixology and SE Asian curries. My sporadic personal blog is over at sconejess.com

7 Responses to Announcing the VeganMoFo 2014 Chopped! Champion!

  1. Congratulations Emily! We had so much fun taking part in this Chopped challenge, Zoé wants to do it again this weekend!

    Can’t wait to try some of the other recipes, people had some great ideas!

  2. Wow, I’m terribly flattered! Thank you all! Drop me a line at emilyca11 at yahoo dot com.

  3. Rachael says:

    Congrats, Emily! I love your idea to infuse the rice with the tea…and I love chana masala!

  4. Sarah says:

    Congrats, Emily! Sounds amazing! Now if only the TV show Chopped would go veg…

  5. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations Emily! :) I tried and failed to choose a favourite out of all the entries myself and I agree that the channa masala looks super good.

    Also, thanks for organising this! I hope there will be another one (next MoFo, maybe?).

  6. Aw, thiks was an exceptionally nice post. Taking the
    time and actual effort to generate a top notch article… bbut what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

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