Again this year, Colchester Middle School will send a team of creative culinary artists to the Jr. Iron Chef Vermont event at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction to compete with other middle school teams from across the state. The seventh-annual event will take place on March 22.
Jr. Iron Chef Vermont, a statewide competition for students that is designed to provide hands-on experience preparing nutritious foods, is inspired by the original Iron Chef 料理の鉄人 Japanese television cooking show. It serves not only as a fun-filled and educational competition but also as a fundraiser for Vermont farm-to-school programs; all of its proceeds directly support VT FEED. It also empowers students to collaborate with teachers, food service professionals, and local farmers to address the challenges of procuring nutritious food for our schools while simultaneously promoting lifelong healthy eating habits.
Teams have only ninety minutes in which to prepare their creations and must comply with a very strict set of requirements and restrictions. The recipes, which must be submitted and approved in advance and cannot be modified before the competition, are judged on taste, presentation, creativity, best use of local ingredients, and level of appropriateness for replication in school cafeterias.
CMS’s Team TRRFCC (short for CMS’s character traits Trustworthy, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship—pronounced “terrific”) will compete in the first heat of the day, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the awards ceremony for winning teams will take place at 12:00 p.m.
CMS has participated in Jr. Iron Chef Vermont for a number of years. Last year, the Cougars’ submission—Vegetable Samosas with Beet Dip—was heralded by Chef Curtiss Hemm in his blog Pink Ribbon Cooking. Chef Hemm adapted the Cougars’ recipe for breast cancer patients. (How’s that for an accolade!) And in 2012, the CMS team appeared on WCAX’s “Across the Fence” program (click here to watch the program).
CMS’s involvement with Jr. Iron Chef Vermont is an important wellness initiative … and wellness is supported by our community in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017.
Join us at the Champlain Valley Exposition to support our students! The day-long event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per individual or $5 per family.
Good luck, Team TRRFCC!
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