Chef Tee Wins Battle of the Chefs’ Crown

Apple and Cranberry Crisp — that’s the recipe that gave him the top honor.  A confident Chef “Tee” Terrell Danley knew his dish would beat the competition before the judging started.

“We got this,” he boasted playfully as three local chefs prepared to take him on. His challengers were Eat and Smile Foods Chef Oliver Friendly, Evening Star Café Chef Will Artley and Von Der Pool Gourmet Chef Lauren Von Der Pool.

Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass was the emcee for the battle that kicked-off D.C. Farm to School Week and School Garden Week (see photos below). Both are initiatives that help schools in the Nation’s Capital serve and highlight fresh, locally grown produce in their cafeterias.

The competitors were paired with a high school student from Thurgood Marshall Academy. Chef Tee’s partner was sophomore Malachi McCaskill (pictured above with Chef Tee) who also predicted a victory.

“We are going to win,” he said.

Each team of chef and student had 30 minutes to prepare a healthy and delicious apple dish. The judges were students from Thurgood Marshall Academy and Savoy Elementary School.

Chef Tee and McCaskill weren’t the only ones talking trash in the beginning. When asked what he thought of his competition, Artley said sarcastically, “I don’t even see other people.”

He changed his tune after students lined up to vote for Team Tee.

“It smelled good,” said ninth grader Darylquisha Hill after sampling the Apple and Cranberry Crisp. “It just hit the spot.”

“It was the perfect mix of crunchy, soft and hot and cold,” said senior Markus Batchelor.

After the win, Chef Tee acknowledged that his challengers were talented but said he won because he made comfort food that everybody is familiar with.

“Simple is better,” he said. “No fancy, shamcy stuff.”

A complete list of the competitors’ recipes is below.

  • Chef Tee’s Apple and Cranberry Crisp – winner
  • Chef Lauren Von Der Pool’s Happy Face Sliders
  • Chef Oliver Friendly’s Spicy Apple Slaw with Chicken Sausage
  • Chef Will Artley’s Apple Raisin Flap Jacks with Apple Syrup

Published on October 12, 2010

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