2017-12-06 / Front Page

GMUHS enters three teams in Jr. Iron Chef VT 2018 competition

By JACK CARROLL

The Green Mountain Union High School middle school team works on a dish at last year’s competition, from which they emerged one of the winners. From left are team members AIden Farrar, Maya Farrar and Gwen Kekic. - Courtesy PhotoThe Green Mountain Union High School middle school team works on a dish at last year’s competition, from which they emerged one of the winners. From left are team members AIden Farrar, Maya Farrar and Gwen Kekic. - Courtesy PhotoFor the sixth year in a row, Green Mt. High will be participating in the annual event this March. We have three great teams and their coaches already practicing in the kitchen on a weekly basis. They have been cooking and trying out recipes to start creating the recipe they will enter in the event. We have been winners a few times, so the teams are working very hard to be winners once again.

We have two high school teams. The first is the Cheftains, a seasoned team with a great deal of experience at the event. They are coached by Christine Anderson and Carol Neff, two great chefs in their own right. Team members are veterans Caitlin McCoy, Simone Martarano, Alexandria Pippen, and Chelsea Rose.

The second high school team is The Skillet Takes, coached by Carrie King and Jana Bryan. This is a winning team as well in the past. Very tough competitors. The team consists of Laurel King, Ange Wunderle, and Rileigh Thomas, and Kameron Cummings, our newcomer. This is a very organized team, I expect they will be winners once again.

Our middle school team, Turnip the Beet, is young but very experienced. This team is coached by Michelle Farrar. Her first year coaching, but we are happy to have her experience in cooking. Our two seasoned members are Maya and Aiden Farrar. We have three new team members, Berkley Hutchins, Marlayna King, and Isaiah Rivet. This team has a very good chance of bringing home a win also. They have done it in the past.

Teams are given 90 minutes to wow the expert judges. Awards are given in each age group, There are three awards of equal importance. The Crowd Pleaser is awarded to the dish that best incorporates color, texture, and taste for a true crowd pleaser. The Lively Local is awarded to the dish best highlighting Vermont foods. The Mise en Place (everything in its place) is awarded to the team that shows exemplary teamwork, order, and professionalism.

I will keep everyone updated with our progress. A very special thanks to all of our coaches devoting so much of their time to work with their teams.


Jack Carroll is the GMUHS Food Services manager and the school’s coordinator for Jr. Iron Chef Vermont.

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