Boulder Farmers' Market, week ten: Escoffier School of Culinary Arts cooking contest

There's a cooking contest at the Boulder Farmers' Market today. A week earlier, Elizabeth Marsden and Cacy Britton had bested several other students in a competition at Boulder's Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, and they are now facing off against each other at one of the market stalls, surrounded by curious Saturday shoppers.

Earlier in the morning, each was given $50 to spend at the market for ingredients, along with a half hour to shop; they were also each provided with one lemon, oil, butter, salt and pepper, and each was given the assistance of one of the school's professional chefs. Now they're chopping like fury, manipulating saute pans on table-top burners, stirring and pouring, all under the watchful eye of the school's executive chef, Graham Mitchell. The two contestants have an hour and a quarter to create four plates for the four people who'll be judging. See also: - Boulder Farmers' Market, week nine: Fior Di Latte keeps things cool - With Plowshares Community Farm, Eva Teague is in hog heaven - Best Farmers' Market 2012: Boulder Farmers' Market

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