Jr. Iron Chef Vermont

Post date: Nov 24, 2014 7:19:35 PM

As the late August sun shined down, delicious smells wafted from an outdoor cooking station at the Inn at Weathersfield. It was the Inn's Annual Farm Dinner, and the sixty diners attending were in for quite a treat.

Hard at work were the Green Mountain Cheftains: the 2014 Jr. Iron Chef Vermont team from Green Mountain Union High School. Under the leadership of their coach, Food Service Director Jack Carroll, the students reprised their Jr. Iron Chef dish for diners at the Inn: Green Mountain Quesadillas with Fresh Salsa and Chipotle Sour Cream, made with an array of healthy, local ingredients.

The diners followed up the sample with a seven-course meal featuring local meat, fish, cheese, and produce. But before they sat down to eat, they bid on an array of silent auction items. The Inn at Weathersfield became a Copper Spoon sponsor for Jr. Iron Chef Vermont in 2015 by generously donating $1,000 of the silent auction proceeds to the competition. The Inn donated the remaining proceeds, around $600, to Green Mountain Union High School. The school will use the funds to register a team for 2015 and to purchase ingredients and uniforms.

Jr. Iron Chef Vermont is a statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of middle and high school students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meals programs. It is hosted by Vermont FEED and the Burlington School Food Project.

This article and photo originally appeared at Vermont FEED http://www.vtfeed.org/about.