On Thursday April 21, Mrs. Cassady’s Nutrition and Wellness Class went head to head against GCCS & Aramark’s corporation Chef’s team for the second annual CHS Iron Chef Competition. The students took home the title this year narrowly beating out the staff team for a victory and taking the title of Iron Chef back from their opponents who won last year’s competition.
The idea of this competition is to provide our young chefs the experience of menu planning, ordering, cooking, preparing, and presenting food, while learning the federal guidelines that School Corporation’s Food Services are faced with.
The students analyzed food for nutrient content to ensure they meet these guidelines then practiced preparing and perfecting their dishes for competition. The final dish consisted of 1 entrée, 1 fruit and 1 vegetable. Each team had to prepare, cook and present their dishes for judging as the clocked ticked down and viewers watched in the kitchen and online.
Our goal is that by allowing our students to participate in the menu planning process with the federal guidelines, they will have a better understanding of nutritional needs and how to make the food they love meet these guideline, look amazing, and taste unbelievably!
The dishes were judged on the following criteria:
- Taste: Do the flavors go together? Is it seasoned well?
- Plating: Does it look appealing? Does it make sense?
- Originality: Did they do something creative?