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Kitchen Competition: Jr Iron Chef Vermont 2014 

Published March 24, 2014 at 12:14 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

click to enlarge Mount Abraham Union Middle-High School students Emily Aldrich, Ashley Aldrich and Peter Koenig work on their recipe. - ANA RUESINK
  • Ana Ruesink
  • Mount Abraham Union Middle-High School students Emily Aldrich, Ashley Aldrich and Peter Koenig work on their recipe.

Remember those budding young chefs from Mount Abraham Union Middle-High School we featured in the March "Mealtime" column? This past weekend, they traveled to Essex Junction's Champlain Valley Expo for the big event: the 2014 Jr Iron Chef Vermont competition.

After months of after-school culinary practice in the Mt. Abe kitchen, the kids finally put their knife skills, recipe development, teamwork and problem-solving abilities to the test, going head to head — and skillet to skillet — with 63 middle and high school teams from every corner of the state.

I've never thought of cooking as a spectator sport — until I stepped into the Expo event hall. What a feast for the senses! Parents, friends and foodies milled around a central corral where teams of 4 or 5 students sliced, diced, mixed and sauteed at plastic-covered tables. Energetic house music, spun by a local DJ, pulsed from the speakers. Overhead, colorful banners promoted the stars of this show — Apple! Beet! Turnip! Egg! — while food aromas wafted through the air.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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