Couch Competition: Cooking up some trivia

This week’s trivia challenge by Amy Ferguson, Albion Library branch manager at Whitman County Library, tests your knowledge of cooking and famous chefs.

The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

1. What does the term “mise en place” refer to in cooking?

2. How old was Aiden Byrne when he became the youngest chef ever to win a Michelin star?

3. How are proteins cooked in the technique “sous vide”?

4. What is the James Beard Award?

5. How long did Julia Child’s show “The French Chef” run for?


  1. It is a French term meaning “setting up.” In cooking it refers to having all ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, etc., before one begins.

  2. Byrne was 22 when he was recognized for his work at the restaurant Adlards in Norwich, U.K.

  3. Sous vide means “under vacuum” in French and is a method of cooking food (primarily meat) in a vacuum sealed bag at a precise temperature in a water bath.

  4. The annual award recognizes excellence among U.S. culinary professionals. It’s named for Beard (1903-1985), a Portland, Ore.- born champion of American cuisine who helped pioneer TV cooking shows.

  5. “The French Chef” ran for 10 years from 1963-73.

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