2013 Iron Go!Chefs Competition

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For many young chefs at the Children’s Aid Society, the Iron Go!Chefs competition is the event they look forward to all year. At this year’s fourth annual event, held on Thursday, June 6 at the East Harlem Center, the students harnessed their energy and excitement to chop, grate and sautée their way to the top.

Teams of elementary and middle school chefs from Children’s Aid centers and community schools showed off their healthy cooking, teamwork and organization skills as they raced against the clock in hopes of winning the Best Overall prize and the prestigious title of “Iron Go! Chefs.” In that hour, the students had to prep, execute and plate a delicious meal for a tough panel of judges, including Kerry Heffernan, judge in Bravo TV’s “Top Chef All-Stars” and runner-up in season four of “Top Chef Masters;” Harrison Mosher, executive chef of Alta; Radha Agrawal, founder and CEO of Super Sprowtz; and Children’s Aid staff.

Elementary-age chefs competed during the morning, presenting tasty recipes like black bean burgers with sweet potato fries, and the middle school students prepared nutritious meals appropriate for lunch or dinner with ingredients such as quinoa, salmon and shrimp.

View photos of both sessions of Iron Go!Chefs competitions here.

Elementary School Competition
Middle School Competition

All participating teams were winners in one category. This year's winners are:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMPETITION

Best Presentation – Frederick Douglass Center SAPASE
Best Tasting – C.S. 61 Cooking Rebels
Most Healthful – East Harlem Center Dishing Divas
Most Cultural Flair – C.S. 50 Balance & Variety
Most Original Dish – P.S. 152 American Chefs
The Best Overall - P.S. 50 Invisible Ninjas

MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPETITION

Best Presentation – East Harlem Center Food Justice League
Best Teamwork – Dunlevy Milbank Center Something Untouchable
Most Healthful – Salome Urena de Henriquez Campus SU Chefs
Most Cultural Flair - Mirabal Sisters Campus The Unstoppables
Most Original Dish – Frederick Douglass Center Red Hot Chili Steppers
Best Tasting – Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School Panthers
The Best Overall – C.S. 211 New Age Chefs