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Junior Iron Chef
MPS Culinary & Wellness Services hosts an annual Junior Iron Chef Competition to raise awareness for our district's commitment to healthy, fresh, scratch-cooked meals and excite students about good food and cooking. Since 2015, this event has brought together MPS students, chefs, and the local community for an exciting, top-chef style cooking competition! 

Junior Iron Chef Competition: At Home Edition 2021

In place of an in-person Junior Iron Chef Competition, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services invited all junior chefs (children 18 years and younger) to participate in the 2021 Junior Iron Chef Competition from their kitchens at home! Junior chefs were asked to develop and submit original recipes that included at least one fresh fruit and vegetable and one item off the Junior Iron chef pantry list. Recipes were judged by MPS Culinary & Wellness Services chefs based on presentation, creativity, and flavor. 

2021 Junior Iron Chef Champion & Finalists: 

Congrats to Chef Amelia, who was named the 2021 Junior Iron Chef Champion! Chef Amelia’s recipe for a giant apple buckwheat pancake was simple and exceptional. The texture was fluffy and filling, the apple gave it just the right amount of sweetness, and you make it in a sheet pan – so easy! Trust us when we say you’ll want to add this pancake to your next brunch menu. Click here for Chef Amelia's recipe! 

Video Highlights:

Recipe Testing
Click on the videos below to watch MPS Chef Rebecca test out the three finalists' recipes: 

Chef Amelia's Giant Apple Buckwheat Pancake
Chef Bea's Coconut Red Curry with Tofu
Chef Danniella's Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Watch our judges discuss the finalists' recipes and announce the 2021 Junior Iron Chef Champion!

2021 Junior Iron Chef Judging Panel

Previous Junior Iron Chef Competitions

Enjoy these highlights from previous Junior Iron Chef Competitions!