By Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers
October 16, 2013
A colleague was remembering his days working in a Chicago restaurant, and the first thing the chef would say each day: "Let's look in the refrigerator and see what we're going to cook today."
It's a creative culinary challenge regularly faced in some restaurants and trotted out on cooking shows. Chefs get a mystery basket and must transform the foodstuffs inside into a memorable meal.
It's the same thing you face when you return home each night, right? Except for many of us, the contents of our refrigerator — a few eggs, some leftover rotisserie chicken and bottled condiments — are not always inspiring.
In the hands of culinary pros, though, they become intriguing dishes, ranging from soups to pastas. Which is just what happened when we challenged culinary pros to create a dish using the following ingredients and a few kitchen staples.
A jar of mayonnaise
A jar of mustard
A bottle of hot sauce
A chunk of butter
Half a yellow onion
Leftover rotisserie chicken
Leftover hunk of bread
For crafty and creative recipes from our culinary pros see Cooking Challenge Recipes.
Let these ideas from the pros inspire you, give your creativity free rein and make delicious.
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