As weird as watching yourself on TV with a room of other people is, our Top Chef Duels party was a lot of fun! It was nice chance to interact with you guys and to make the dishes the way I wish I would have made them in the first place. Plus shots of bourbon and Rose always make for a good time 😀

Here are a few recipes from the episodes that you all requested!


Hoi Tod Batter
Makes about 3 cups

½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup corn starch
½ cup rice flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups cold water
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon fish sauce

In a mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and whisk. In another bowl whisk together the water, egg and fish sauce. Gently whisk the dry ingredients into the wet, taking care not to over mix.

Grilled Shrimp with Shrimp Butter

½ c. Butter

½ c. Red Onion, diced

½ Tbsp Chili Flakes

1 tsp Shrimp Paste

½  Tbsp Lime Juice

Sauté red onion in ½ butter. Add chili flakes, shrimp paste and lime juice. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining butter and salt to taste.

Perilla Sauce

1/2 Cup tamari

1/4 Cup water

1 Tablespoon Korean Chili flake

1/2 Tablespoon Rice wine vinegar

1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 Tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/2 cup shallot, julienned

1 1/2 Tablespoon garlic, sliced

1 Tablespoon ginger, peeled and sliced

1 Tablespoon fish sauce

2 packages perilla leaves, whole

1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine all ingredients and allow to marinate, at room temperature for at least an hour.

Pulse in a blender until just a bit chunky.

Mix in oil.