Top Chef DC: Cooking Up Some Ethiopian Cuisine

Above: “Marcus Samuelsson met the cheffers for the Quick-
fire.They were to prepare Ethiopian based on his heritage. Why
because DC is as overrun with Ethio joints as is with politicians.

The Wall Street Journal
By Elva Ramirez
Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson meets the cheffers for some quickfiring. This week, a take on Ethiopian, which is all the rage in D.C. It made us misty for our favorite Ethiopian place, Awash, which if you’re ever near Columbia University, we suggest you check out. So! Kind of a hard challenge, right? Several chefs have not only never cooked Ethiopian, a few have never eaten it. Angelo, Kenny and Ed think they’ve got this on the bag because they have experience cooking this cuisine. Marcus, upon tasting Angelo’s dish, even jokes that Angelo might have grown up in Ethiopia. But for all those high expectations, it’s Tiffany who wins the quickfire along with some immunity. She didn’t even know what to call her dish, she joked, which was a result of mixing up a big goulash with a dash of hope and prayer. Read more

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