Cooking with Paige, Kate, and Mike. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
[Ed note: At Capitals Convention on Saturday, friend-of-the-blog Kate Hudson was selected to participate in a cooking competition with Mike Green. The first thing they made was a brie and strawberry jam sandwich. I’ll let Kate take it from here.]
When the schedule for panels came out, my friends and I knew we had to see Mike Green cook. I didn’t know what that would entail, but there we were, waiting for Greenie to struggle to bake something.
I was sitting with my friends Roxy and Katie waiting for the thing to start. They were asking for volunteers to help the chef and Green compete in an epic grilled cheese cook-off. Katie kept saying that I needed to cook with Greenie because that would be hysterical. So I stood up and was like “PICK ME, PICK ME” and Elliot pointed to me and told me I was the helper. I actually was like “Wait, me?” and Elliot was said “Yeah, you!”
I wasn’t quite sure what was expected of me. Like Tom Wilson, I have zero cooking skills other than making Kraft Mac and Cheese. Green was super nice. He introduced himself and asked me my name and whether I was having a good time. Of course I was since I just got picked to make grilled cheese with one the best players on the team, thanks for asking. Cooking with me on the three-person team was a girl named Paige Wheeler, who had her jersey stolen earlier in the convention.
We had to make three: one sweet, one meat, and one veggie. The only grilled cheese I have ever made, much less eaten, was plain old cheese. The only thing I knew about grilled cheese was that it was best on sour dough. That was about it. Wait, why am I still talking about grilled cheese?
Green knew all the cheese types and what went good with what, so I just let him decide the ingredients. I cooked the grilled cheeses because I couldn’t really offer much else.
Naturally, we won the first round. Fans were begging for our half-eaten grilled cheese, which was probably the weirdest part of the whole experience. If Green had licked the grilled cheese I think the crowd would have cried out of primeval lust for it. Anyway, high fives all around.
Despite our skills, Elliot kept getting mad because we took so long cooking our grilled cheese. You can’t rush perfection. We swept the competition which drew questions about how I got so good at cooking them. I told Greenie that I was in college. As a result of the competition, all I freaking ate that day was grilled cheese. (I tried all of the grilled cheese and they were, like, super great.)
Afterwards, Green was extremely nice and made sure that we had everything we needed. He made sure the girl that had her jersey stolen got another and that he could sign it. He gave me a hug and then had to leave. Elliot then interviewed us for Caps Red Line.
I had countless people come up to me afterwards saying they had pictures of me and would love to send them over. Many people were still begging for a taste of a Mike Green grilled cheese. But all I could do is laugh. Thanks to Greenie & the Caps for making a really amazing Caps Convention an even better one.
“None of us have any idea what we are doing.”
“Bread. Good choice.”