The First Challenger
Mourad Lahlou opens the competition with a flurry of canapés and five extravagant courses

The menu:

First course: Foie terrine with berbere, quince relish, jalapeño, balsamic, and brioche
Wine pairing: WindRacer 2008 Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Second course: Abalone, beech mushroom, cauliflower, vadouvan
Wine pairing: Intrada 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Third course: Risotto, uni, truffle, seaweed
Wine pairing: Maggy Hawk 2009 Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Fourth course: Duck basteeya, verjus crème fraîche
Wine pairing: Maggy Hawk 2009 Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Fifth course: Lamb, artichoke, chanterelle mushroom, fermented pepper
Wine pairing: Cardinale 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert: Chocolate, ginger, pumpkin, ash
Wine pairing: Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000