HLGU’s 7th Annual Iron Chef competition, held on Thursday, January 24, once again featured some wonderfully creative dishes and a lot of fun. The format for this year’s event changed slightly. Rather than five teams competing for the coveted HLGU Iron Chef medals and having just one secret ingredient, the competition featured three teams, each with a Fresh Ideas chef assigned to them, and two separate cook-offs. The evening began with hosts Dr. Bob Bergen and Dr. Jeff Brown introducing the teams and giving each team a basket of secret ingredients for the first round of the competition.
The 2013 Iron Chef teams were comprised of all first-timers to “kitchen stadium.” Team Sizzlin’ Sisters included Melissa Laramore, HLGU Residence Hall Director of Pullium and two freshman from Pullium Hall as well, Kendra Derryberry and Kendi Ott. Sizzlin’ Sister’s Fresh Ideas Chef was Jeremy Hoover. Team Spice Girls was made up of HLGU staff members: Carolyn Carpenter, Director of Public Relations, Lauren Youse, Alumni Director, and Lissie Youse, HLGU Admissions Rep. Chef Martin assisted the Spice Girls. The third team in the competition, Frying Pan in Yur Face, included HLGU Lewis Hall and Brown Hall Residence Hall Director Katie Brandenburg along with Lora Thompson and Jason Helsby. Fresh Ideas Food Service Director Rachel Klosterman assisted team Frying Pan in Yur Face.
Once the basket of secret ingredients was revealed, teams started brainstorming ideas for an appetizer that required the use of all the secret ingredients. For its appetizer dish team Frying Pan in Yur Face chose to make a fresh mango guacamole with pita chips. The Spice Girls also chose to make a guacamole-inspired recipe. In addition to the four required ingredients the Spice Girls also added cilantro, chopped red onion, pineapple, lime zest and juice, salt, tomatoes, and sugar. The Sizzlin’ Sisters chose to utilize the Mongolian grill by browning their cheddar quesadillas and serving them with a mango salsa.
Each team used every second of the 30 minute time limit to create their dishes. Prior to the beginning of the competition the teams drew numbers as to the order in which they would present their dishes. Presentation order ended up being: Spice Girls, first, Frying Pan in Yur Face, second, and Sizzlin’ Sisters would present last.
This year’s Iron Chef judges included: HLGU President, Dr. Anthony Allen, First Lady, Stacy Allen, HLGU Homecoming Queen, Christina Carter, and HLGU Homecoming King, Andy Krutsinger.