Kid Cooks Compete for Junior Iron Chef Title
True Food Chef Council Hosts First Annual Cooking Contest with Kids
MINNEAPOLIS, – The True Food Chef Council, which boasts over a dozen of Minneapolis’ finest food professionals among its ranks, is partnering with the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Culinary & Nutrition Services department to host the first annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on May 4th, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the new Wedge Table, 2124 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis. Chef and student teams will compete “Top Chef” style and will be judged by a panel of local dignitaries, food writers, celebrities and community leaders.
The event kicks off MPS’ second annual Wellness Week
, a district-wide celebration of healthy eating and active living. The goal of Wellness Week and the Junior Iron Chef event is to raise awareness about MPS’ shift to fresh, scratch-cooked meals, and get students excited about nutritious food.
True Food Chef Council
members Marshall Paulsen (Birchwood Cafe
), TJ Rawitzer (Tiny Diner
), Erica Strait (Foxy Falafel
) and Ann Kim (Pizzeria Lola
) will compete in the event. Each will be matched with a pair of MPS middle school students, and together the teams will race to create dishes for the judges using a pantry of ingredients furnished by the Wedge Community Co-op.
"Students and community partners are the key to any school district's successful school meal program,” says Bertrand Weber, Minneapolis Public Schools Director of Culinary & Nutrition Services. “I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and commitment of the Minneapolis chef community to our shared goal: to continue improving child nutrition. What a great way to raise awareness about good food, celebrate our True Food Chef Council, and have some fun with students."
The 8 middle school student chefs were chosen based on 200-word essays submitted through the district about why they wanted to participate. The students will meet the chefs for the first time on the night of the contest.
Media and Attendee space is limited.
Contact: Amy Brown