When Mount Kisco’s Village Social chef Mogan Anthony was asked why he wanted to appear on Food Network’s Chopped, his answer was simple and heartfelt: he hoped to show his parents, and other aspiring chefs back home in Malaysia, how far he had come.
Mogan Anthony finished second in the competitive cooking Food Network show, behind Michelin Star Chef Joseph Miller, in an episode titled “Mix and Mache.” A packed house gathered at Anthony’s Mount Kisco restaurant on Sunday evening to cheer on their favorite local chef as he put his skills to the test with some challenging ingredients.
The appetizer round basket had pickeled sausage, mache, blood oranges and southern cabbage. Chef Mogan’s interpretation of the dish came in the form of Braised Southern Cabbage with Pickeled Sausage and Sofrito which had the judges panel impressed and gave him a pass to the next round. Anthony even put a perfectly fried egg on top of each dish, prompting another contestant to note, “Mogan came to play.”
The main course basket held daikon, lobster bisque, baby leeks and squid. Anthony presented a beautifully plated Japanese Style Grilled Squid with Grilled Daikon, allowing him to advance again.
In the final dessert round, the mystery basket proved to be the most difficult yet, with green cerignola olives, honey distilled liqueur, lady gala apples and kaiserschmarrn, an pancake-like Austrian dessert. Anthony channeled his wife’s culinary influence and made a Sable’ Breton (a French inspired butter cookie) with a honey liqueur apple compote. The judges were impressed but in the end opted for the opposition’s creation, applauding Chef Mogan for his incredible talent and obvious bright future.
Village Social, 251 East Main St., Mount Kisco, 914-241-6260, www.villagesocialkb.com. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m Wednesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.