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Portland’s Vegan Iron Chef 2010: The Photos!

Portland has crowned its first VEGAN IRON CHEF: Qausu AsaaseYaa!

Qausu AsaaseYaa plates for the win! Photo by Lucas DeShazer

The Competitors:

I’ll repeat for a 104th time, this was a miniature, super dedicated volunteer organized, low budget version of the event we’d like to put together next year. Try Vegan PDX is so proud of everyone’s hard work and was thrilled to see this happen!! We had last minute emergencies, we had a small space, we had an overheated projector, we had electric burners set up on tables, and yet, the awesome of Vegan Iron Chef prevailed!!!

Thanks to all who came to the sold out event, participated, cheered, volunteered, hosted, ran around, designed, sponsored, took photos, recorded – Tim Kahn!!!!, donated, gave sporadic hugs, competed & live-streamed, bought raffle tickets & everything else! We had almost 1,000 folks around the world tune in, on top of our sold out audience!

Subscribe to our new Youtube channel and stay tuned to our Facebook for updates! We’re hoping to have video up soon, for now, you can watch Qausu’s crowning moment by our phenomenal host, Michelle Schwegmann, our enchanting Alton Brown/Vegan Food Guru Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and our adorable trophy girl, Alicia Cruz of Taqueria Los Gorditos. This finale video is courtesy of  one of our Executive Sponsors, Lightlife.

The inspiring dishes:

Asaase Ital Palace:

  • Caramelized Plantains And Chocolate Coconut Sauce With Microgreens
  • Chocolate Groundnut Stew With Onion Rice
  • Gari Peanut Candy Hearts With Cashew Chocolate Cream And Berries

Asaase Ital's Appetizer: Caramelized Plantains And Chocolate Coconut Sauce With Microgreens Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Blossoming Lotus:

  • Chocolate  Sweet Potato Red Lentil Dahl with Strawberry Chutney and Mole
  • Tofu Tempeh Chorizo Lettuce Wraps
  • Raw Avocado Cacao Pudding Over Orange Slices

Blossoming Lotus' Appetizer: Chocolate Sweet Potato Red Lentil Dahl Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Portobello Vegan Trattoria:

  • Tempeh Date Skewers In Citrus Marinade with Chocolate Merlot Sauce
  • Chocolate Gnocchi With Collards and Shiitakes
  • Caramelized Banana Tart with Chocolate Ganache And Fleur Del Sel

Portobello's Dessert: Caramelized Banana Tart with Chocolate Ganache And Fleur Del Sel Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Our fantastic Vegan Celebrity Judges, along with super Judge Liaison Karla aka VeganShizz, Chad Miller of Food Fight! & Try Vegan PDX founder, David Agranoff:

Serious Judging at Vegan Iron Chef 2010: Joanna Vaught, Audience Winner Rusty, Jesse Ives, Brian Heck & Emiko Badillo, Photos by Lucas DeShazer

Music by DJ Surival Skilz & The Jet Boat Adventurer. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Onto more photos:

Wes Hannah gets serious about slicing, at Vegan Iron Chef 2010. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Operation gnocchi. Aaron Adams and his assistant, John McPhillips of Portobello Vegan Trattoria, at Vegan Iron Chef 2010. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Hands Up, Knives Down! Vegan Iron Chef 2010 Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Talha Abubakr of Blossoming Lotus Simmers, at Vegan Iron Chef 2010. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

The Secret Ingredient: Chocolate! Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Isa Chandra Moskowitz as our Alton Brown Vegan Food Guru

Isa Chandra Moskowitz being amazing as our Alton Brown Vegan Food Guru. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Michelle C delivers Blossoming Lotus' Chocolate Dahl. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

Asaase Ital's Entree: Chocolate Groundnut Stew With Onion Rice

Swanky Plating of Tempeh Date Skewers In Citrus Marinade with Chocolate Merlot Sauce by Portobello at Vegan Iron Chef 2010. Photo by Lucas DeShazer

BloLo Tofu Tempeh Chorizo Lettuce Wraps Photo by Lucas DeShazer

More and more and more on the slideshow!

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If you’re interested in getting involved next year in any way, please follow our facebook & twitter, or email me!

We’re already discussing who we’d love to see compete next year, when Qausu defends her title!