Someone I know is trying out for a home chef’s cooking competition. This is not Top Chef level, it’s for skilled home cooks. He’s in “training” now. (I can’t be more specific because show rules are looking for some confidentiality).
My question is this:
What recipes and techniques would you suggest he have in his repertoire? For example, he should certainly know how to make a pie dough, how to perfectly sear a steak, know at least a couple of great desserts, several sauces and soups.
I am looking for the must-have basics and maybe a couple of crowd pleasers — cool things that will wow the judges.