The Muddy Chef Challenge in the new issue of Land Rover Owner International. Sam Watson covers the event in his column – THE OVERLANDER (click image to enlarge)
2016 Muddy Chef Challenge Judging Revisions
To put it mildly, the judging at the MCC4 was “challenging”. Too many judges, judges that wandered off during the contest and my personal favorite – a smartphone app that we tested extensively prior to the event, stopped working half way though the judging.
It seemed that every time we tried to correct the course of the judging we encountered more and more problems.
So, to that end we are implementing the following changes in advance of the event. We believe these changes will address the majority of issues. As always, your comments and ideas are welcome.
Judges Routes through the Campsite during the MCC:
The judges will follow a pre-defined route through the campsite. They will not deviate from that route. That way participants will always know the approximate location and timing of the judges. This will hopefully eliminate problems with locating the judges and assist competitors with timing their food.
Also, we are reducing the judges significantly. We are keeping each category to five judges in total for each course. Wherever possible we are seeking highly qualified food experts to anchor each judges panel.
Local Ingredient Use:
One judge will verify this information. This judge will go from campsite to campsite to verity your use of local ingredients. Participants should post receipts in an easy to verify location.
Those are the changes we see making for 2016. If you have ideas let us know. We look forward to seeing you at the Muddy Chef Challenge and our other regional events next year!
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THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE
1. If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it? Why/Why Not?
The Series 1 was first assembled with leftover aircraft parts and paint anyway, so a full on Land Rover plane isn’t that much of a stretch. Though I would hope all the gauges in the plane work, unlike any of the gauges in my series.
2. Tell us a little about your background, your career and where you live.
According to my father, Jim Wollschlager, my first words were “Injector Pump”, “Dad”, and “Money”, in that order, then followed by “Mom”. I grew up watching Camel Trophy videos, The Gods Must Be Crazy and any other Land Rover movie I could get my hands on. Land Rovers were always the passport to adventure with my family as they facilitated camping trips, off road excursions, and fostered the closest friendships I have to this day. My family and Series III 88 are back home in Mystic, CT, but currently I reside in Omaha, Nebraska with my dad’s Series IIA 109 pursuing a masters degree in Oral Biology before starting Dental School at Creighton University.
3. How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?
One does not simply have a favorite Land Rover, rather there is an appropriate Land Rover for every occasion. The Series III Stage 1 V8 is ideal for highway cruises and long distance trips. Last summer it chauffeured a newlywed couple in NYC from the Waldorf Astoria to Greenwich Village.
The Series IIA 109 is the ideal base camp/mild expedition vehicle, as it’s equipped with a winch, roof top tent, mud terrains, and plenty of room for camping stuff and friends. My Series III 88 is the jack of all trades, it looks equally at home playing U-boat in a mud hole as it does sitting parked in front of the Ocean House. If I could keep these three rovers for the rest of my life, I will be a happy guy.
4. What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?
The people. No other automotive community comes close. I look forward to rover events all year long to see old friends, make new ones, and commiserate over our wonderful taste in terrible British farm implements.
5. What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?
The risk. Somedays the risk adds adventure and thoroughly brightens an otherwise supremely mundane day. Other days when I really need to be somewhere on time, not smelling like oil or gas, and not covered in grease, I cannot bring myself to risk taking the rover.
6. Been on an adventure? – tell us about it
How much time do you have? Among the many, my favorite is still Winter Romp 2010. I was a senior in high school and drove the Series IIA 109 300 miles up to Benton, ME with my brother by ourselves. I was so excited and spent so much time in the woods that between leaving CT on Friday and returning on Sunday I only got 3 hours of sleep the whole weekend. To top it off, we made it home under our own power!
Others include Vermentation, Vermeat, and the Muddy Chef Challenge to just name a few.
7. How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?
8. If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?
Please bring the AA yellow NAS 90! It has to be yellow, black soft top, and Hellas across the top of the windshield.
9. What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?
The 88 has a custom 4-point roll cage, winch bumper and warn 8274, 33″ BFG KM2’s, and a Detroit rear locker. It’s enough to get me in and out of a lot of trouble.
10. If you were on safari which three people would you pick to bring along?
1: My dad. He’s my best friend, and I HATE that he’s always right. I have spent dozens of hours struggling with a particular nuance on a rover, he’ll let me struggle, then walk up, flick his wrist and fix whatever it was in a matter of moments, and proceed to blow cigar smoke in my face and chuckle. He knows these cars better than anyone I know, though he’ll never admit it. He’s an excellent camp host, exhaust manifold chef, driver and so much more.
2: The George. If you have to ask, you’ll meet the man, the myth, the legend, my brother, at MCC4.
3: If we brought a third, we would need a bigger rover to carry all the food, booze, and cigars. Who said camping has to be roughing it?
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