Mastermind Club

Quiz 2021

Number 9

Food & Drink

Set by Mel Kinsey

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1/ Turkish city Gaziantep is widely regarded as the native city of what popular layered dessert?




2/ In 1970, which fast-food chain became the first to offer a drive-through window?


3/  Unlike conventional ales and lagers which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, what type of beer brewed in Belgium is produced by spontaneous fermentation?

Lambic Beer

4/ Though the word ‘mutton’ is sometimes used to describe goat’s meat (especially in the Indian sub-continent), what is the actual term for it?


5/ Which traditional Mexican dish, a spicy soup made with tripe is often thought of as a cure for a hangover?


6/ Which Chinese dish named after a late Qing Dynasty official consists of diced marinated chicken stir-fried with roasted peanuts?

Kung Pao Chicken

7/ Because it is lethally poisonous if not done right, which Japanese dish prepared from the meat of pufferfish is the only delicacy officially forbidden to the Emperor of Japan, for his own safety?


8/ One night during a trip, Lucrezia Borgia checked into an inn in the small town. The host was captivated by her beauty and couldn’t resist the urge to peek into her room through the keyhole. The bedroom was only lit by a few candles, and so he could merely see her navel. This pure and innocent vision was enough to send him into an ecstasy that inspired him to create something that night. The origin of what type of pasta dish is surrounded by this legend?


9/ What restaurant style of stir frying meats and vegetables over a large iron griddle actually originated in Taiwan, despite its name?

Mongolian barbecue

10/ The name of which extremely sweet cordial comes from the Japanese for green?


11/ If you have a sensitive stomach, then you should be well-versed with the Scoville scale. What does it measure?

Spicy heat of a chilli pepper

12/What is the name given to the citrus-marinated seafood that originated in Latin American countries?


13/ In the 18th century, the British East India Company introduced tonic water into the diet of soldiers in India to prevent malaria as it contains quinine. Because the tonic water was extremely bitter, what else was added to it to make it more palatable?


14/  After rice, wheat and maize (corn), what is the fourth largest food crop in the world?


15/ Which civilization has the earliest documented usage of chocolate as food or drink?


16/ Which fortified wine flavored with aromatic herbs and spices is used for many cocktails including the Martini and the Manhattan?


17/ What popular condiment in which egg yolk is the chief emulsifier originates from it being called as the ‘sauce of Mahon’?


18/ In a winery, ‘chaptalization’ is the addition of what substance to the unfermented grape mush?


19/ Before his days as a saloon proprietor, he was known as a pickpocket and thief who often preyed on drunken bar patrons. He was later the bartender of a Chicago establishment that operated from 1896 to 1903 but kept up with his old ways. Who?

Micky Finn

20/  What is the style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed with a fiery spice mixture?


21/ If you savor Dragon Well, Spring Snail, Iron Goddess and Fur Peak, what are you a connoisseur of?

Teas, or more specifically Chinese Famous Teas

22/  What condiment that comes in pods is referred to as ‘The Queen of Spices’ in India?


23/What drink was called as ‘scandal broth’ by Sir Walter Scott in his book Peveril of the Peak because it was thought to stimulate gossip?


24/ What salad made from mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil is also the name of the town in Tuscany where Michelangelo was born?

25/ In 1913 after being treated to sumptuous meals, to which legendary French chef did Kaiser Wilhelm II say “I am the Emperor of Germany, but you are the Emperor of Chefs”?


Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935)