Ever tried Doritoes-encrusted skate?  Oreo-and-purple-potato puree?  Such are the strange delights that have emerged from the 2009 Diamond Chef Arkansas culinary competition at the Peabody Hotel this afternoon.  Four chefs faced off in pairs to see who will challenge Chef Donnie Ferneau on June 2nd for the title of Diamond Chef.

I happened over to the hotel to enjoy the competition this afternoon.  Each chef had 40 minutes (and the assistance of a sous chef) to create a unique and original dish involving a secret ingredient.  In fact, each round had several secret ingredients (more reminiscent of Chopped than Iron Chef) that had to be incorporated into the entree.

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It’s pretty neat — and if you’d like to read more, check out the jump (food porn included).