when you make a soup or stew you just mix things together in a pot and heat it up... by your standard the stew shouldnt have won either... a good mixed drink often requires making a flavored simple syrup which involves cooking... often thing like food processors and blenders are also used... its not like pouring a beer in a plastic cup or mixing redbull and vodka... real mixology is just as hard to nail down properly as a good soup... and as for the glass needing to be edible then the plates the food was put on should also be edible by you logic...
Um, actually if you read their recipe he pre-cooked the chicken and had about 3 different pots cooking before combining everything. He didn't buy pre-cooked chicken, pre-peeled potatoes, pre-cut onions, and whatever else and stick it in a pot and it's done. The stew also involved WAY more cooking and had many more ingredients.
And if your entire dish is going to be about the container, then yes, it should be edible. Just like the stew's bones should be edible. He could have easily made them out of clay and I'd be saying the same thing.
The dragon -_-tail had 6 ingredients (9 if you take apart his liquor) and the stew 14. The only thing I'd say he made is the liquor part. The entire recipe was literally "put X into the mixer. shake. pour. add slice of watermelon." You're telling me that's not easy?
If it wasn't in that glass no one would be defending that drink. And the glass isn't cooking.
Edit: my bad, add 1 to the drink's ingredients. I forgot to add the ice. Frozen water = complex ingredient.
Edited by Cest, 02 July 2014 - 03:48 PM.