Iron Chef Comes to YC

by Meghan Shruck - Panther Press

Iron Chef

York College watched as self-proclaimed chefs emerged from all corners of campus on Tuesday, October 27. Students, faculty, and staff observed YC's greatest, or maybe not so great, cooks show off their culinary arts in the Iron Chef competition, sponsored by Aladdin Foodservice.

The competition, new to York College, promised to be "high energy and lots of fun," according to Dean of Students, Dr. Shane Mountjoy in a preshow interview with the Panther Press. "It will give people a chance to show off their cooking skills, and will give the audience a chance to laugh at those who don't have cooking skills."

For those unfamiliar with Iron Chef, a series on the Food Network, six teams of three people were given a secret ingredient in their own "Kitchen Stadium," better known as the Mackey Center. The tightly guarded ingredient, tiger shrimp, wasn't revealed until five minutes before the contestants began cooking.

The six cooking stations were each stocked with a burner, utensils, and cooking tools. A common table that contained produce, sauces, spices, and other things was made available to all chefs as the competition got underway. Each chef was donned in an authentic chef jacket that they got to keep as a memento of the evening.

Teams were given a “pantry” of identical ingredients with which to prepare their dishes and given five minutes to come up with a strategy for their entree. The teams had 35 minutes for course preparation before presenting the meal to a panel of three judges. Judging the YC Iron Chef competition were Jared Stark, YC Athletic director; Sue Roush, Director of Alumni and Community Relations; and Tim Lewis, YC Campus Minister. The judges sampled and scored each entry for taste, creativity, and overall presentation.

Filling in for the Food Network's commentator, Alton Brown, was York College's own emcee, Jacob Redfearn. Teams were: BUAD...JAM --Julie Garcia, Amber Garcia, and Michelle Peck; For the Love of the Game -- Royce Grimes, Josh Stewart, and Landon Bailey; It's All Relative--Summer Dickinson, Bev McNeese, and Tim McNeese; Simple Flare--Andrew Miller, Kayla Lawrence, and Sonia Rohda; Three Mile Island--Carson Tuttle, Elise Hart, and Jake Owens; and Two and a Half Chefs--Austin Benton, Elicia Hebrink, and Meghan Shruck.

Simple FlareEven though it was a tight race in the judges scoring, there could be only one to receive the prize. Simple Flare with their citrus shrimp salad and Cajun shrimp with rice were crowned champions of the first YC Iron Chef competion. They each received a $50 gift card to Walmart and a take-out pizza from the cafeteria at a time of their choosing. Their recipe will also be incorporated into the cafeteria's dining menu in the future.

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