CHESTER, Vt. – St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a lucky day for two of the three Junior Iron Chef teams Green Mountain Union High School sent to the event in Essex, Vt. to compete in the 11th annual Junior Iron Chef competition. The two high school teams won awards. We have competed for six years; and four of the six, we have been winners.
Junior Iron Chef Vermont is a statewide culinary competition organized by VT-Feed. It challenges teams of middle and high school students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs, so students understand how they can effect change in the food system. We were competing in the afternoon portion of the competition with 35 other schools.
Our high school team, Green Mt. Cheftains, took home the Mise en Place award. This award goes to the team that best shows teamwork, organization, skill, and neatness. This team has won this same award in the past. Team members were Caitlin McCoy, Chelsea Rose, Simone Martarano, and Alexandra Pippin with coaches Carol Neff and Christine Anderson. The team prepared a very nice Buddha Bowl.
The other high school team, the Skillet Takes, came home with the Local Lively award. This award is presented to the team that best utilizes local ingredients in their recipe. Their recipe was BBQ pulled veggies atop a cornbread waffle, topped with Rainbow Citrus Coleslaw. It was a very impressive recipe that took a great deal of work and was delicious by the way. Team members included Laurel King, Ange Wunderle, and Kameron Cummings, coached by Carrie King and Jana Bryan.
Our third team was our middle school team “Turnip The Beet.” The young team coached by Michelle Farrar did a great job. They prepared a great Caribbean Taco with Cilantro Rice, Guacamole, avocado over roasted tortilla strips. Team members are Aiden Farrar, Maya Farrar, Berkley Hutchins, Marlayna King, and Isaiah Rivet. These kids all worked very hard and did a great job. Three of the team members are first timers. Competing in this event for the first is overwhelming.
Our three teams did an incredible job representing our school. We are all very proud of them. To come home winners for the fourth time is wild. Thank you to all of you for what you accomplished in this program. We are already looking at next year.
Article written by Jack Carroll, Junior Iron Coordinator at GMUHS.