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Peru, Northern Adirondack top North Country Jr. Iron Chef field

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POTSDAM – The second annual North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition, a project of the Health Initiative, was held recently with great success.

Twenty-three middle and high school age teams from around the region developed healthy recipes using a combination of local and USDA foods that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria.

At the event, dishes were judged by distinguished panels including school administrators, food service staff, students, chefs, farmers and others.

The title of 2014 North Country Jr. Iron Chefs in the middle school division was won by Peru Blue of Peru Central School with “Fiery North Country Chili.” he Top Cats of Northern Adirondack Central School earned the title of 2014 North Country Jr. Iron Chefs in the high school division with “NACH Your Average Enchilada.”

The complete list of event winners includes:

Middle School

1st Place: Peru Blue, Peru Central School

2nd Place: CF Zebra Chefs, Clifton-Fine Central School

3rd Place: Soup-A-Starz, Canton Central School

Honorable Mention: Fantastic Five, Potsdam Central School

High School

1st Place: Top Cats, Northern Adirondack Central School

2nd Place: Peru Culinary Artisans, Peru Central School

3rd Place: Future Chefs, North Franklin Educational Center BOCES

Honorable Mention: French Toast Mafia, Clifton-Fine Central School

Recipes and photos from the competition are now available at the event website, ncjrironchef.org. “The Health Initiative is thrilled that many teams plan to bring recipes back to their schools for use in special events, taste tests and meals”, says event coordinator Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel. “We love hearing that youth are learning about and getting involved in school food. Schools, organizations and families from around the region are invited to enjoy these healthy, tasty recipes featuring both local foods and USDA ingredients.”

Event sponsors included 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. The event was also supported by Potsdam Central School; Chef Kyle Mayette at Clarkson University; Potsdam Public Library; Birdsfoot Farm, and; North Country Grown Cooperative.

To learn more about North Country Jr. Iron Chef, please visit ncjrironchef.org or contact the Health Initiative at (315) 261.4760.

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