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In Top Chef Season 13, world renowned Chef José Andrés challenged the contestants to a cook-off in the Palm Springs desert by only using the sun. All contestants were given a solar cooker, including the SolSource Solar Cooker. 

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Here is what Carl Dooley, Kwame Onyuachi and Karen Akunowicz had to say about cooking under the sun.

 

Carl Dooley: “More powerful than I expected”

 

Top Chef Carl Dooley

What did you cook on SolSource for your Top Chef challenge?

“Chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates with yogurt, harissa, and pistachios”

Tell us about your SolSource cooking experience.

“I thought the stove was awesome! More powerful than I expected. I think it has huge potential to positively impact communities around the world.”

What would you like to cook next on SolSource?

“I would love to make a braise or stew, something that could cook all day using only the power of the sun!”

 

Kwame Onyuachi: “I couldn’t believe the intensity of heat”

 

Kwame Top Chef

What did you cook up on the SolSource Solar Stove for your Top Chef challenge?

“I cooked seared scallop with brown butter croutons, avocado mousse, and a blood orange vinaigrette.”

Tell us about your SolSource cooking experience.

“My cooking experience was amazing, I was able to get a really good sear. Jose Andres said [the scallops] were cooked perfectly! I was able to use it for so many different techniques. I couldn’t believe the intensity of heat that it had!”

What would you like to cook next on a SolSource?

“I would love to make a spicy lamb ragu! I could only imagine how the flavor a would develop just simmering with the power of the sun for a couple hours.”

 

Karen Akunowicz: “It felt really intuitive to use”

 

Karen Akunowicz top chef

What did you cook up on the SolSource Solar Stove for your Top Chef challenge?

“Watch the full episode to get all of the details but I’ll give you a hint: I added a dash of sweet and a touch of sour!”

Tell us about your SolSource cooking experience.

“It was amazing and really fun. Although I wish I had a bit more time to play with it and experiment. It really is an incredible piece of equipment. Once I got the hang of adjusting it, I felt it was really intuitive to use”.

What would you like to cook next on a SolSource?

“I would love to try making a stir fry dish! I think the cast iron would lend itself really well to the preparation.”