Iron Chef Returns to YC


York College watched as student chefs emerged from all corners of campus Friday evening to show off their culinary arts in the third annual Iron Chef competition. Sponsored by Aladdin Foodservice, the competition delivered on its promise to be high energy and lots of fun as students displayed their cooking skills while under intense pressure.

For those unfamiliar with Iron Chef, a series on the Food Network, six teams of three people were given a secret ingredient in the "Kitchen Stadium," better known as the Mackey Center. The tightly guarded ingredient that every team had to use in their recipe was lemons. The real curve ball that was thrown by YC's Chef Patrick O'Brien was that each dish had to be vegetarian.

The six cooking stations were each stocked with a burner, utensils, and cooking tools. A common table that contained pasta, rice, potatoes, sauces, spices, and an array of items was made available to all chefs as the competition got underway. Contestants were given a few minutes to come up with a strategy for their entree and 30 minutes for course preparation before presenting the meal to a panel of three judges. Judging the YC Iron Chef competition were Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, chair of the Education Department; Todd Kirshenbaum, executive director of the York Chamber of Commerce; and Jason Lloyd, senior physical education major. The judges sampled and scored each entry for taste, creativity, and overall presentation.

Filling in for the Food Network's commentator Alton Brown was Nick DiToro '78, senior advancement officer for York College.

Teams were: Team Aladdin -- Chris Kistenoglu, Sam Mwago, and Ingo Miranda; Happy Pony Team -- Patricia Robinson, Leilani Roman, Laura Morrill; That 1 Team -- Erika Garcia, Karsyn Maya, and Molly Bartee; Team Cilantro -- Jacob Gibson, Joel Morien, and Justin McQuiddy; Team Bags -- Bryce Ballard, Lucas Anderson, and Macy Mountjoy.

Even though it was a tight race in the judges scoring, there could be only one to receive the prize. Team Aladdin was crowned champions of the third annual YC Iron Chef competition with each chef receiving $25 in York chamber checks and a dinner of their choice to be cooked by Chef Patrick. Coming in second and receiving $15 each in chamber checks was the Happy Pony Team.

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