Flood Brook students honored at Jr Iron Chef VT


LONDONDERRY — A trio of middle school students from Flood Brook School in Londonderry made a lasting impression with their take on vegetarian samosas with cilantro and mint chutney at the Junior Iron Chef VT event in Essex Junction earlier this month.

Competing against 54 other middle- and high-school teams from across Vermont, the students -- Halyn McIntyre, Alex Wasyliko and Stella Turner -- earned the Crowd Pleaser Award in the middle school morning heat for the dish that best incorporates taste, texture and color,.

The student teams had 90 minutes to cook and plate their selected dishes, working with teamwork, speed, and attention to detail.

Junior Iron Chef VT is a cooking copetition that challenges students to create healthy, local dishes and showcase their culinary skills.

It's based on the Japanese cult TV show "Iron Chef" and it's various global spinoffs, which all feature the same premise: A featured ingredient or theme and a time limit in which to create a dish that impresses a panel of judges.

"I never knew that kids could be such good cooks until I went to the competition and everyone was so experienced and was having so much fun. It was amazing!" McIntyre said.

The team began working in January and developed their cooking techniques, kitchen problem solving, and teamwork under the guidance of local Indian cuisine expert Lini Mazumdar. Flood Brook School food service coordinator Kelly Foster and Clark's IGA donated practice space and food, respectively, throughout the program.



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