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Iron Chef

OTTUMWA --- The Iron Chef competition is a event Indian Hills Culinary Arts Department hosts twice a year. We do one in the Spring and the other in the Fall. High schools in our area compete each time, anywhere from 6 to 10 teams.

The Program Director always sets the protein that the school has to use, which this time was salmon. The teams have to do 3 courses: salad/appetizer, main entrée, and dessert. The teams start in the kitchen at 9:00 a.m. and have 2 hours to cook before they start to present to the judges. The teams draw numbers in the order that they have to present which starts at 11:00 a.m. The Department has 3 professional judges that come in and observe how the teams are working in the kitchen. The teams have to 3 plates for each course for the judges to taste and score and 1 plate each for the courses for presentation. Teams are made up of 4 to 6 students per team. The instructor for each is allowed in the kitchen for the first 10 minutes of the start time, then they have to leave, by doing this, it puts more responsibility on the students by not having the instructors in the kitchen helping.

The schools for this competition were Ft. Madison, Burlington, Mt. Pleasant, Pekin, Eddyville/Blakesburg, Central Lee, Van Buren, Danville, and Davis County. Central Lee took home 1st, Pekin 2nd, and Burlington 3rd.

Blog written by: Mark Fisher