If you're looking to throw a fun and unique party that celebrates cooking and competition, then you'll want to consider hosting a Top Chef night! This party concept is inspired by a reality TV show and features guests who compete to create the best dish and a panel of judges. It will take careful planning, but the end result will be a night that your guests will never forget.
First, decide on a theme or type of cuisine that you'd like to focus on. You can give your "contestants" crazy foods that they have to uniquely incorporate (like on the show Chopped) or provide more normal ingredients to focus on flavor and presentation. Since you're likely not working with a crowd of experienced chefs, you'll want to pick something simple and easy to make to keep everyone engaged. But, make sure your guests still have the ability to be creative so everyone isn't following the same basic instructions and preparing the exact same foods. Our suggestion? Churros. The versatility of churros is endless. Churros can be sweet and savory, any type of shape or size, they can feature fillings, dips, glazes, toppings, garnishes, and more! Plus, they're a perfect party food that is both easy to make, versatile, and tasty.
To make this evening simple and stress-free, we recommend getting the San Diablo Fiesta in a Box kit which comes with everything you'll need to create a simple churro. You can make your churros ahead of time and let your guests fill and decorate them or let your guests mix the dough themselves, which gives them the opportunity to change the color, flavor, shape, and size of the churros themselves.
Depending on the number of guests, you can randomly split everyone into teams or have everyone compete their own churros separately. You'll need lots of options for fillings, toppings, and decorations so grab all the candy and sauces that you think will go with churros — the more variety the better!
Now all that's left to do is set a timer and let your guests go at it! Make sure you have a panel of unbiased "judges" and even a prize for the winner to really up the competition. Lastly, don't be afraid to get creative and have some fun! This party idea is great for families, kids, couples, and everyone in between so start planning your next churro Top Chef night today!