Cooking competition entertains Taylor residents

LACONIA — More than 50 residents of the Taylor Community turned out for an afternoon cooking competition Wednesday which featured chefs Amanda Coburn and Brandon Rutherford matching wits and techniques in ways that tested their creativity and sent delightful aromas through the Woodside building.
Coburn, Taylor's director of dining services, who was the regional winner in a cooking competition sponsored by Kraft Foods last year, said that she was inspired by the competition and wanted to have one at the home which the residents could enjoy.
Both she and Rutherford were presented with the same basic ingredients — scallops, squash and avocados — along with a host of grains, fruits and vegetables with which to work and had 45 minutes to get it done.

Coburn served her scallops topped with an avocado based fresh salsa which was topped with blueberries, oranges and pineapple and accompanied by long-grained basamatti rice.
Rutherford chose pan-seared scallops served with a rustic avocado guacamole, squash and pan-seared french fries topped with cheddar.
Judges were Donna Garrison, Hal Dyment, Beverly Martin and Roger Amsden of The Daily Sun, who was drafted as a judge when a local chef was unable to attend.
The competition ended in a tie as both competitors received high marks from the judges for their creations.
Audience members said they enjoyed the event so much that they would like to see another competition in the near future.


CAPTIONS: Amanda Coburn, director of dining services at the Taylor Home, plates her entree during a friendly cooking competition at the home on Wednesday afternoon (Roger Amsden/ for The Laconia Daily Sun)