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MPS students are hungry for healthy competition

MINNEAPOLIS – If you can’t stand the heat, you better not get near this kitchen! In the fourth annual Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Junior Iron Chef competition, eight middle school students and four of Minneapolis’ hottest chefs will team up to compete for the title of Junior Iron Chef.

Using ingredients found in school kitchens, the teams will craft dishes to impress the palates of celebrity judges. The public is invited to come watch the teams in action as they prepare and serve their unique recipes. The winning dish will be served throughout MPS lunchrooms next school year.

What: 4th Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
When: Thursday, May 10, 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 year’s participating chefs include: Michael Shaughnessy (Executive Chef of Young Joni ), Amalia Moreno-Damgaard (award-winning author and chef-entrepreneur of Amalia LLC), Joe Hatch-Surisook (Chef and co-owner of Sen Yai Sen Lek), and Jamal Hashi.

Learn more about the competition, and see video from last year’s competition. The Junior Iron Chef competition is made possible with partnership and support from the True Food Chef Council, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Life Time Foundation, Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op, Brasa Rotisserie, and Alma: Café, Hotel, Restaurant. 

This year’s celebrity judges include:
Beth Dooley, James Beard Award-Winning Food Writer
Geji McKinney-Banks, MN Vikings Food Director
Bob Walser, Minneapolis Board of Education Director
Tracy Singleton, Birchwood Café Owner
Bertrand Weber, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services Director
Frances Levy & Miguel Lopez, Student Champions – Super Bowl Edition Junior Iron Chef Competition