The Quickfire was interesting for me because I'm allergic to beer. So, I can certainly taste beer and be able to pair with it. I just can't consume any sort of moderate consumption -- I have two or three beers and I get sick. It was kind of tough in high school. I didn't know I had an allergy until post-culinary school. I would drink two or three beers and just feel like a total lightweight because I'd get sick. But then I could knock down the hard alcohol and throwdown.
But pairing with beer is just like if you're pairing it with food. If you have a sweeter beer, you want to go with something that's a little fatty, something to cut the richness. If you want something more crisp, you probably want to pair it with something more on the lighter side. It's the same concepts if you were pairing food with wine. I am not a beer connoisseur, so this definitely would have been challenging for me.
Koren Grieveson was guest judge, and, well, I've made it clear to a lot of people that I'm a gigantic Avec fan. I was just planning on going to Chicago this week and that is on my must hit list. Because when I was there, I had a really nice meal at Alinea, but I crave Avec. The food there is just so craveable. That's on the must hit list.
Onto the Elimination Challenge. First If you're a sports fan, just know who you're making food for. I mean, even though Nikki didn't do a great job with it, sausage and peppers? Absolutely. I mean you just have to make it nice. You also have to save food for the judges. That's kind of a no-brainer.