• Marianne Sundquist’s “Ants on a Log, Cocktail Hour”

When Julia Thiel and Michael Gebert head out to do the shoots for our chef-to-chef challenge, Key Ingredient, they never know what to expect. Michael Carlson started his demo with a stiff shot of Malort. Brandon Baltzley found that a tray of cocoa-nib chicharron he’d set out to cool had blown off of the 25th-floor balcony of the apartment where he was cooking. More recently, a slight mishap led to the following exchange at Abraham Conlon‘s Fat Rice:

Conlon: “Nico [sous chef], I might need you to scrub this pork uterus.”
Nico: “Scrub what?”
Conlon: “I burnt the uterus. And it’s important. Take out the least burnt, and just kind of clip it off. Try to keep it intact as much as possible.”

Nor do we have any idea what most of the 26 chefs recruited for the Key Ingredient Cook-Off will come up with—but we have been given a few sneak peeks.