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Hell’s Kitchen star hath no fury for County chef

Fiery Hell’s Kitchen TV persona Gordon Ramsay had nothing but nice things to say to the County’s Cynthia Peters Saturday night.
The showy British chef  was helping Mount Sinai Hospital raise $1.1 million as he hosted Chef’s Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure.  Ramsay heaped praise on 50 people who dared to cook onstage with the help of five celebrity chefs. Peters, who runs From the Farm Cooking School, was among a few professional foodies on the teams.
“I was thrilled to get positive feedback on my quick-fire  “Steak Challenge” in the morning session,” Peters said. “Gordon said ‘I cooked it perfectly'”.
Participants had to pledge to raise at least $2,500 to be part of the event. The top 50 fundraisers divided into five teams for a three-course cooking battle, while the other 450 relaxed as spectators with a five-course meal. The recipes were from Ramsay, but the teams were encouraged to add signature touches.
The stage in the Carlu concert hall was decorated with banners featuring Ramsay, Toronto restaurateurs Lynn Crawford, Jamie Kennedy, Massimo Capra and Mark McEwan, as well as Toronto-based Food Network star/cookbook author David Rocco. Top Chef Canada’s Thea Andrews was emcee.
The stage was set with five work spaces bearing butane burners, blenders and wooden cutting boards. The contestants did some prep earlier in the day and Ramsay grilled them on fish filleting and steak searing.
Teams had 20 minutes to create a halibut appetizer, 25 minutes to create a beef entrée, and 20 minutes to make crème brûlée with cookies and fruit compote.
Jennifer Bain, a judge from The Toronto Star, said “Ramsay singled out 12-year-old Ray Park for his work on his team’s winning crème brûlée. The Burlington boy was in charge of the hazelnut cookie that was draped over warm, sweet and spicy fruit compote alongside a nearly textbook crème brûlée. It was hot from the oven, misshapen and crumbled when touched. But it charmed the judges and helped catapult Ray’s team, led by Toronto chef Lynn Crawford of Rubywatchco, to victory.”

Cynthia Peters

Peters offers “A big thank” to all her supporters who helped her raise $7920 toward women’s cancer research.
“I had a great time cooking on Mark McEwan’s team, and even though we didn’t win the overall prize it was really cool working with him and my mates. We cooked three courses during the evening for a judging panel –  with a room full of people at the Carlu (about 600), television cameras and lights. Talk about focusing!”

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