Thursday, November 5, 2015

'Chopped'-hopeful menu items at Potters Tavern

Inside Potters Tavern
PITTSTOWN -- Viewers of the Food Network's "Chopped" competition series in all its versions may wonder what the food they see being prepared actually tastes like. Well, here's a chance to find out.

Head chef Chad Konopasek and sous chef Daishawn Wade of Potters Tavern at Sterup Square are hoping to gain a slot on "Chopped Impossible: Restaurant Challenge." On Friday, to get their recipes to the right level, they'll be offering the public a pair of dishes they plan to submit.

The format of that version of "Chopped" calls for chefs to create a dish using one ingredient from a range of possibilities in four categories -- protein, produce, spices, and grains -- then send a photo of the dish and a description of it to the channel.

Food Network judges will be narrowing the field of entries to 10 semifinalists, with the public voting beginning November 23 to get it down to four. Winning chefs then will be invited to New York City to compete on the show for a $10,000 top prize.

Konopasek's dish is something he calls "Autumn Chicken" ($13.95) -- chicken pan-seared in cracked tri-colored peppercorns, then baked and topped with pomegranate chutney, served with brown rice and roasted herb sweet potato. Wade's dish ($18.95) is a beef eye of round with ancho-chile rub and a seasoned kale side. Each will be offered with a choice of soup or salad. You also can view their regular menu online.

Potters Tavern is located at 2113 Route 7 in the hamlet of Raymertown, about nine miles east of the Troy city line. Phone: 663-9201.

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