CHESTER, Vt. – The date of the Junior Iron Chef competition is approaching quickly. Saturday, March 16, Green Mountain Union High School will be sending a record four teams to Essex Jct. to compete in the 2019 Junior Iron Chef. We will be cooking with 40 or 50 others schools from all over the state. The teams have been working on their recipes since early October to create the perfect dish.
Junior Iron Chef Vermont is a statewide culinary competition organized by Vermont FEED. It challenges middle and high school teams to create healthy, local dishes that will inspire school lunch programs. This will be our seventh year participating in this fun event. All of the teams have become quite comfortable working in a huge commercial kitchen during their weekly practice sessions.
Our senior team is the Green Mt. Cheftains, an award-winning seasoned team that will be competing for the last time due to the fact they are all graduating this year. Our other high school team, also former award-winners, is The Skillet Takes, coached by Carrie King and Jana Bryan. Their members are Laurel King, Ange Wunderle, and Kameron Cummings.
Our first middle school team Turnip The Beet, coached by Chef Ross Jones, consists of William Anderson, Noah Cherubini, Brie Howe Lynch, Leda Malazarte, and Forest Garvin. Our new second middle school team is Put A Lid On It, coached by Tamasin Kekic, consisting of Hazel Kekic, Vivianne Languerand, and Grace Gruber Clark.
We are not releasing any recipe information until after the competition is over for security reasons. I will update everyone after the event. Wish us all luck. “Ready, set, cook.”
Written by Jack Carroll, coordinator of the GMUHS Junior Iron Chef.