Friday deadline for North Country Jr. Iron Chef!
The Bacon Boys from Brasher Falls Central School in action at the 2013 North Country Jr. Iron Chef event. Photo: Health Initiative
Every spring, a couple dozen teams of young people from the North Country's schools meet up to showcase their cooking skills, Iron Chef-style. It's a very fun event and a great way for kids to learn cooking skills that they'll have for life. Last year, there was even a team called "The Bacon Boys" from Brasher Falls Central School.
The idea is that students design and prepare recipes that could actually be served in a school cafeteria, coordinator Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel said in a press release:
We are thrilled to again highlight the creativity of area students as they develop healthy recipes, as well as feature our region's bounty of nutritious, delicious foods. It’s especially exciting that many teams share the enthusiasm in their home schools and organizations, by learning more about school meal programs and helping to offer these recipes as cafeteria taste tests or menu items.
This event is especially relevant as we're in year two of the USDA's new healthier school lunch requirements.
According to the Health Initiative, which organizes the event, 17 teams have already signed up, from Jefferson to Clinton counties and everywhere in between. The deadline for registering a team is this Friday. You can register at the event's website here.
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