Second helping of Jr. Iron Chef

To the editor:

The second North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition was a great success! This cooking competition for middle and high school student teams is a project of the Health Initiative. Each team offered a healthy, delicious dish with local and commodity ingredients that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria. Teams came from around the North Country: Bakin’ Beavers, Keene; BMC Healthy Panthers, Brushton-Moira; Bon Appetit, Canton; Brasher Bunch, Brasher Falls; Bull Dogs, Heuvelton; CF Zebra Chefs, Clifton-Fine; Cooking Ninjas, Thousand Islands; Fantastic Five, Potsdam; French Toast Mafia, Clifton-Fine; Future Chefs, North Franklin BOCES; HD Shredders, Hermon-DeKalb; JW Leary Chefs, Massena; Peru Blue, Peru; Peru Culinary Artisans, Peru; Rainbow Chefs, Sackets Harbor; Ravenous Raiders, Lowville; Soup-A-Starz, Canton; SRF Chefs, St. Regis Falls; Stone Cold Chefs, Potsdam; Super Chefs, Brasher Falls; Top Cats, Northern Adirondack; Unbeetables, Malone; and Wildcat Iron Chefs, Gouverneur.

Two expert panels judged the dishes, and we thank them: Rick Anderson, cafeteria manager at Lisbon Central School; Pat Brady, superintendent of Potsdam Central School; Steve Fuller, food service director at Lowville Central School; Brittany Harris of Fledging Crow Vegetables; Leslie Johnson, Seaway Tech BOCES student; Tom Julian of Fidelis Care; Sue Kelly, superintendent of Edwards-Knox Central School; Tim Loomis, chef/owner of Liquids and Solids; Steve Maiocco, executive chef at SUNY Canton; Ashley McGregor, Seaway Tech BOCES student; Craig Orvis, food service director at Watertown City Schools; Kathy Rice of Sweet Core Farm; Jean Rowe, Health Initiative board president from United Helpers Management Company; and John Vargo, chef/proprietor of Eat ‘n’ Meet Grill.

We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, including Golden Griddle sponsor Fidelis Care, Pewter Platter sponsors Healthy Schools NY and United Healthcare Community Plan, Copper Kettle sponsor Community Bank N.A., Bamboo Bowl sponsor Lewis County General Hospital, and Wire Whisk sponsors Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Hurlbut Tent Rental and Northern Music and Video. We also thank Potsdam Central School, Chef Kyle Mayette at Clarkson University, Potsdam Public Library, Birdsfoot Farm, North Country Grown Cooperative and event volunteers for support and assistance.

Please visit to learn more about the competition. The Health Initiative looks forward to North Country Jr. Iron Chef 2015.

Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel

School program director

Health Initiative