Stockbridge Central School wins Lively Local Award for
Middle School division
On Saturday, Feb. 2, 330 middle and high school students from
across Vermont gathered at the Champlain Valley Expo Center to
participate in the 6th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT competition. Teams
had 90 minutes to wow a diverse panel of expert judges, including
James Beard, award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen and school chef
Meggen Hanna. The students were challenged to create original
recipes that featured local ingredients, and could be replicated on
the school lunch line.
Over 1,000 spectators cheered on their local teams, participated
in fun activities, and enjoyed live music and dance from Vermont
youth groups, Diversity Rocks! and Sweet Transition.
"Jr Iron Chef VT and the Vermont Farm to School movement are
models that I am proud to recommend to the whole country," said
Senator Patrick Leahy of the event.
The culinary challenge began back in September, when 74 teams
from more than 55 schools got to work creating original recipes,
learning basic cooking techniques, and developing new relationships
with local chefs and farmers. "We are constantly impressed with the
efforts of the hundreds of students and community volunteers from
all over our state that make Jr Iron Chef such a success," said
event organizer, Libby McDonald. "We could not be more excited to
celebrate Vermont's Farm to School movement with this incredibly
joyful group of leaders."
Awards were given for "Best in Show," honoring the recipes that
incorporated great colors, textures, and taste - a true crowd
pleaser. The "Lively Local Award" was given for recipes that best
highlight Vermont foods.
Prizes were awarded for both morning and afternoon heats for both
middle and high school teams.
Jr. Iron Chef Winners
Morning heat winners
Best in Show: Middle School - The Dipsters, Twin Valley Union
Best in Show: High School - Rebel Chefs, South Burlington High
The Lively Local Award: Middle School - Stockbridge Salmon,
Stockbridge Central School
The Lively Local Award: High School - Royal Chefs, South Royalton
Afternoon heat winners
Best in Show: Middle School - Charlotte Chefs, Charlotte Central
Best in Show: High School - J-Lee Quinwonkers, Twin Valley Union
The Lively Local Award: Middle School - The Cougars, Crosset Brook
The Lively Local Award: High School - Zeman's Zing Zangs, Twin
Valley Union High School
Jr Iron Chef VT is a collaborative project of two leaders in the
Farm to School movement, the Burlington School Food Project and
VT-FEED. For more information and winning recipes, see