So I recently had a mystery box challenge for a potential sous chef position or just a line cook position. I have done the mystery box before for other jobs but this one was a little different and I am unsure on what to think of the establishment. I'll start off with my box, it contained:
1 whole rabbit
2 roma tomatos
2 russet potatos
1 clove of garlic
1 cup AP flour
1 cup sea salt
2 baby egg plant
No other items were allowed to be used. In other challenges i've been given options from the pantry or at least other herbs and spices. Is this typical now-a-days? I made a brunch item egg, rabbit hash with potato, tomato, and carrots, with "rabbit bacon" and a dinner entry with Rabbit 4 ways, roasted rabbit loin, roasted rabbit rib rack, seared rabbit kidneys, with a butter enriched rabbit sauce, and egg plant coins. I was told there was a lack of color and creativity with these dishes and was not given a sous chef position. Should I be angry or am I just not as aware or good as I believe I am with my abilities?
P.S. lots of items I thought of were already on the menu such as: egg plant and potato puree, carrot puree, which was lame because I was trying to not do items they had already seen and was asked why I didn't do something more like that.
Please let me know what kind of things you would have done, or give input on how I approached the box. Oh and there was a 60 minute time limit.