The second North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition was a great success. This cooking competition for middle and high school student teams is a project of the Health Initiative.
Each team offered a healthy, delicious dish with local and commodity ingredients that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria. Teams came from around the north country including Bakin Beavers, Keene; BMC Healthy Panthers, Brushton-Moira; Bon Appetit, Canton; Brasher Bunch, Brasher Falls; Bull Dogs, Heuvelton; CF Zebra Chefs, Clifton-Fine; Cooking Ninjas, Thousand Islands; Fantastic Five, Potsdam; French Toast Mafia, Clifton-Fine; Future Chefs, North Franklin BOCES; HD Shredders, Hermon-DeKalb; JW Leary Chefs, Massena; Peru Blue, Peru; Peru Culinary Artisans, Peru; Rainbow Chefs, Sackets Harbor; Ravenous Raiders, Lowville; Soup-A-Starz, Canton; SRF Chefs, St. Regis Falls; Stone Cold Chefs, Potsdam; Super Chefs, Brasher Falls; Top Cats, Northern Adirondack; Unbeetables, Malone; and Wildcat Iron Chefs, Gouverneur.
Two expert panels judged the dishes, and we are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and event volunteers for support and assistance. Please visit ncjrironchef.org to learn more about the competition. The Health Initiative looks forward to North Country Jr. Iron Chef 2015.
The writer is school program director of the Health Initiative.