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Junior Iron Chef

Junior Iron Chef
MPS Culinary & Wellness Services hosts an annual Junior Iron Chef Competition to raise awareness for our district's shifts towards more healthy, fresh, scratch-cooked meals; and excite students about good food and cooking! 

5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition

When: May 2nd, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Chowgirls @ Solar Arts, 711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, 55413

Emcee'd by The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper & Weekly Dish's Stephanie Hansen

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 5th annual Jr Iron Chef Competition! This top-chef style cooking competition paired mIddle school students with local chefs, and brought together an esteemed panel of culinary judges. The theme for this year's competition was plant-forward food; teams had one hour to prepare a dish using a pantry of ingredients and a plant-based protein. 

Congratulations to Team Anwatin for their victory! Chef Justin Sutherland and students Dora Perez Rios and Aesha Graffunder won the competition with their Jackfruit Tinga Tostada! Their winning dish will be added to the MPS lunch menu next school year. 

Competing Chef & Student Teams

Team Andersen
Abdideeq Hassan & Abdirashid Hassan
with Chef Andrew Vuong (fig+farro)
Team Anwatin
Aesha Graffunder & Dora Perez Rios 
with Chef Justin Sutherland (Handsome Hog)
Team Barton
Grace Hagedorn & Greta Poplawski
with Chef Tammy Wong (Rainbow Chinese)
Team Justice Page
Hanah Omar & Hana Mahamed
with Chef Jared Brewington (Funky Grits)
Team Northeast
Elaine Sweeney & Eleanor Maddison
with Chef Zack Hable (Trio)
Team Sanford
Eyala Elate & Aysa Sundance Cavell
with Chef Carrie McCabe-Johnston (Nightingale)

Judging Panel

Sue Zelickson James Beard Award Winner & Founder of The Charlie Awards
Emily Akradi Life Time Foundation 
Susan Moores Roots for the Home Team
Melissa Coleman The Faux Martha
Kimberly Caprini Minneapolis School Board Director 
Naimah Muhammad MPS Student & Previous Jr Iron Chef Competitor
Bertrand Weber Director of MPS Culinary & Wellness Services


Support & Sponsorship

The 5th annual Jr Iron Chef Competition was hosted in partnership with Life Time Foundation and our True Food Chef Council, a group of Minneapolis culinary professionals who support and promote our commitment to scratch-cooking, food integrity, local food, and healthy eating. Special thank you to Life Time Foundation for sponsoring the event, and to Solar Arts by Chowgirls for hosting the event in their space.