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Can you smell what the kids are cookin’?

May 4, 2017
Dirk Tedmon
Media Relations Specialist
Can you smell what the kids are cookin’?
MINNEAPOLIS – Things are heating up in Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’) kitchens! The district’s third annual Jr. Iron Chef Competition will feature eight middle school students paired with four of Minneapolis’ fieriest chefs competing once again for the title of Jr. Iron Chef.
Stephanie March, Food and Dining Editor for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, will emcee the event as the students and chefs create, prepare and serve unique recipes. Each team will have one hour to craft dishes to impress celebrity judges by using ingredients found in school kitchens. The winning dish will be served throughout MPS lunchrooms next school year. 
What:      Third annual Minneapolis Public Schools Jr. Iron Chef competition
When:     Monday, May 8
                 5:30–7:30 p.m. (Media welcome to arrive at 5 p.m.)
Where:   Solar Arts by Chowgirls
                 711 15th Ave. NE
                                           Minneapolis, MN 55413
This event is a partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools and the 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. This is a free event open to the public.  
Learn more about the competition at nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/junior_iron_chef. To see the video of last year’s winning recipe, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID4K3ph2QjE.  
Participating chefs: 
Marshall Paulsen — Birchwood Café
Vincent Francoual — Cara Irish Pubs
Molly Herrmann — Kitchen in the Market
Lucas Rosenbrook — Alma: Cafe, Hotel, and Restaurant
Celebrity judges:
Siad Ali, Minneapolis Public Schools Board Director
Ilhan Omar, MN State Representative
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Barbara Koch, Executive Director of Life Time Foundation
Bertrand Weber, Director of MPS Culinary & Wellness Services
Lachelle Cunningham, Breaking Bread Cafe Executive Chef, 2016 Jr Iron Chef Competitor
Nyle Dickel (Ramsey Middle School) and Makiah Brown (Jefferson Community School), 2016 Jr. Iron Chef winning students
And more!
About the True Food Chef Council
Founded in 2013, the True Food Chef Council is a partnership between MPS’ Culinary & Nutrition Services department and the Minneapolis culinary community. Chef Council members are spokespeople who promote and endorse MPS’ commitment to scratch cooking, food integrity, local food and healthy eating. They directly engage with students in school lunchrooms and at special events, raise awareness about good food in MPS school meals and create and endorse new school meal recipes.