Tuesday, March 5, 2013

North Country Iron Chef Debuts March 9

Inspired by Jr Iron Chef VT, a project of Burlington School Food Project and Vermont FEED, North Country Iron Chef Jr is helping to bolster the local food movement in school cafeterias. 

North Country Iron Chef Jr is making its debut on March 9, 2013 at the Eben Holden Center, St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. A cooking competition for middle and high school students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties., North Country Iron Chef, Jr. 

The goal of North Country Iron Chef Jr. is for students, using a combination or local and USDA foods create a recipe that could be prepared in a school cafeteria. While promoting the use of local foods in school menus, North Country Iron Chef Jr also provides students with hands-on experience and an opportunity to lifelong skills that relate to healthy living. 

Each team had to submit a recipe the the committee by February 1 that met a list of criteria including the use of 2 local products, 2 USDA (Commodity) foods, which are provided by the North Country Jr. Iron Chef. All other ingredients must be brought. Teams are encouraged to use whole, local products.

Teams may not use nuts, meat or meat broth or seafood due to allergies and food safety as well as no home-processed foods such as canned, frozen or dried produce. The recipe must yield four 8 oz serving. One serving is plated for demonstration while the other three are split into servings for the judges. 

Spectators are welcome to come watch the competing teams, but bring a lunch because the freshly prepared food will be for the judges. 

Each team has 1 1/2 hours to prep, prepare and present the dish.  Any entree, side dish, soup, sandwich or salad is permitted, but no desserts allowed. 


Middle School
High School
Canton Bears (Canton Central School)
The Miss Fitz (Malone Central School)
Panther Pride Chefs (Brushton-Moira Central School)
The Healthy Panthers (Brushton Moira Central School)Top Cats (Northern Adirondack Central School)
Peru Blue (Peru Central School)Seaway Tech (Seaway Tech Center, Norwood)
Stone Cold Chefs (AA Kingston Middle School Potsdam)Seaway Tracker (Seaway Tech Center, Norwood)
Bacon Boys (Brasher Falls Central School)Future Chefs (North Franklin Educational Center BOCES)
Treble Chefs (JW Leary JH, Massena Central School)
 HD's Kitchen (Hermon-DeKalb Central School)
 Canton Golden Chefs (Canton Central School)
 Cooking Zebras (Brasher Falls Central School)
 Black Ice (Stafford Middle School/Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H)
Healthy in Heuvelton (Heuvelton Central School)
 © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.

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