You should have seen Iron Fork contestants Jason Love, Guerry McComas, Bart Pickens and Jeremy Barlow take off like a shot when it was time to pick the Le Creuset cookware they would use to compete in the Scene's second annual culinary showdown on May 6.
Jeremy, the chef/owner of tayst, let me come along on his shopping spree earlier this week. The last time I'd shopped that intimately with a man was when I registered for wedding gifts, and believe me, Jeremy had more fun than the betrothed Fox.
The winning chef at Iron Fork gets to keep his half-dozen pieces of Le Creuset equipment, while the other four sets will go to a well-deserving nonprofit culinary program. With that in mind, I encouraged Jeremy to choose super-huge pieces that would be most useful to a cooking school--not that I thought he wouldn't win, but because surely that would give him the karmic edge.
On the other hand, Joseph Kirkland at Le Creuset urged him to choose the tools that would best serve him in the heat of the cooking competition at the Country Music Hall of Fame, so Jeremy flirted with some smaller specialized pieces.
I'm not going to tell you what Jeremy chose, because that could tip his strategic hand. But I will tell you that he went with black enamel--for stealth. And he was particularly intrigued by the crafty pots whose lids doubled as grill pans or other shallow cooking vessels.
I left seething with jealously over Jeremy's gleaming batch of gorgeous cookware--though, of course, I would have chosen blue or green.
If money were no object and you could select six pieces of brand new cookware, what would you choose?