3/09/2011

Gourmoo Cookoff + Giveaway!

A couple months ago, I was thrilled to announce that my Avocado Vanilla-Bean Smoothie had won the Gourmoo Smoothie contest, sponsored by Lactaid Milk. Well, today I am happy to bring you some more exciting news from Moovision (a Lactaid partner site, launched to raise awareness around lactose-intolerance.)
The fabulous folks from Moovion, contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in being a part of the Gourmoo Cookoff. I had heard about the cookoff-as a matter of fact I even submitted a recipe for the contest! So, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved.

The Gourmoo Cookoff features five challenge episodes - appetizer, side dish, entree, dessert and a wild card finale. The four contestants (Morena, Laurie, Nicole, and Robert) were challenged to create dishes featuring lactose-free milk.

I will be hosting this week’s dessert challenge! If you haven't caught the previous episodes, you can find them on the Moovision website. Below is the dessert challenge video:



After watching the video, I was glad I picked dessert week! Didn't the contestant's desserts look awesome?!

I love how throughout the whole cook-off, Morena presented the judges with food that had some ties to her cultural background. Being that I love to include my Brazilian heritage when I'm cooking, I could really relate to her! Her perfectly golden fritters looked fantastic.

Laurie definitely entered this contest with lots of experience and mouth-watering recipes. From the beginning, I could tell that she would be a fierce competitor. Bread pudding has got to be one of my top 5 favorite desserts - especially when it's served with ice cream!

I agree with Chef Lala, Nicole had me at "ooey-gooey". Just hearing that makes all warm and fuzzy inside! I am not a pecan fan, but she wins the best name category for me.

I was happy to see that Robert was able to leave the challenge with a "BANG"! I was also glad that he incorporated a low-lactose chocolate to make the chocolate sauce.

I've been having lots of fun watching this exciting challenge! And, as I do when I'm watching any cooking competition, I contemplate on what I would have made had I been a competitor. Had I been a competitor, I would've made a passion-fruit pudding cake and served it a la mode with Lactaid vanilla ice cream.

I'm sure many of you are now wondering what you would've made if you had been one of the four competitors. Well, I've got exciting news for you! Thanks to the lovely folks at Moovision, those of you that share with me what you would've made will have a chance to WIN a $50 gift card and $25 worth of Lactaid milk!

To enter the giveaway:

- Leave a comment on this blog post about what you would have made in the dessert challenge. Please leave your email address!

For additional entries:

-Follow @moovision and @foodsamba on twitter and tweet "I entered @foodsamba's giveaway for @Moovision's #GourmooCookoff Challenge!"

Giveaway closes on Wednesday, March 16th at noon PST. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.




10 comments:

Joy said...

Great video. I would probably make a chiffon cake type of dessert.

Semhar said...

Yum that looks so good! Wonderful video. I would probably make a strawberry short cake, thats one of my favs.

shannonsshanonigins said...

I would make my killer double chocolat sauce (creme duex chocolat) and then use it to make decadent hot chocolat. I love your blog, I don't have a twitter account but I'm going to follow your blog, can I like Moovision on Facebook? I would love for you to check out my blog on entertaining http://shannonsshanonigins.blogspot.com

Trish said...

I would probably have made genache.

laurielufkin said...

Hi! Great comments--we only had a hour, start to finish so that played a large part in what we were able to come up with. It was a great contest and so much fun!

michael said...

Fun contest! I think I try to make a creme brulee!

spark_n said...

That all looked so delicious! If I had been at the Gourmoo Cookoff, I would have made dessert crepes filled with grilled peaches & pecans in a bourbon caramel sauce.....topped with a scoop of lactaid ice cream. Yum!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I would have made a dairy free flan. I would make sweetened condensed milk using lactaid and used it for a flan.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

What fun! I'd love to try using it in a traditional Pakistani dessert like kheer (like a thick rice pudding) and see how it holds up compared to regular milk!

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

I would have tried a chocolate creme brulee - thanks for sharing the video!