2011 Iron Go! Chefs Competition: Teamwork, Healthy Cooking and Fun!

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For many children, Spring Break is coming to an end. But only a few can brag about having spent their time off participating in the 2nd Annual Children’s Aid Society Iron Go! Chefs Cooking Competition at the East Harlem Center! On April 19th, teams of elementary and middle school chefs from Children’s Aid Society centers and community schools showed off their cooking skills in hopes of winning the Best Overall prize and the prestigious title of “Iron Go! Chefs.” The students had only one hour to prep, cook and plate a delicious meal to be judged by a distinguished panel of judges, including New York City Commissioner of Community Affairs Nazli Parvizi, Radio Show host and Institute for Culinary Education instructor Chef Erica Wides (a.k.a. Chefsmartypants), filmmaker Heidi Reinberg and Children’s Aid staff.

All participating teams showed complete dedication in preparing a meal that was both healthy and delicious. Elementary age chefs competed during the morning with tasty breakfast treats and middle school students prepared nutritious meals appropriate for lunch or dinner with ingredients such as brown rice, salmon and shrimp.

Click here to view a complete photo gallery of the 2011 Go!Iron Chefs Compeition.

Click here to learn more about the Go!Healthy program.

All participating teams took home a prize in one category. This year's winners are:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMPETITION

Best Presentation - East Harlem Center Little Bites - Dish: Multigrain Pancakes with Fresh Fruit Sauce
Best Teamwork - Frederick Douglass Center’s Choppers - Dish: Hard-boiled Eggs and Pico de Gallo on multi-grain toast, served with a Mixed Berry Smoothie
Most Healthful - P.S. 5’s Chef Pepins, Dish - Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with a Quinoa Almond Milk Smoothie and a Fresh Fruit Cup
Most Ethnic Flair - C.S. 61 Scramblers - Dish: Breakfast Tostada with Kidney Beans, Scrambled Eggs and Low-fat Cheddar
Most Original
- P.S. 8 Little Stars’ Stars - Dish: Toasted Pita Nachos with Fresh Tomato “Star Sauce”, Spicy Egg and Veggie Omelet and Melted Cheddar Potatoes
Best Overall - P.S. 152 Top Chefs - Dish: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits with Veggie-packed Scrambled Eggs and Orange-Honey Fruit Salad

MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPETITION

Best Presentation - Mirabal Sisters Campus' MSC Chefs - Dish: Salmon and Baby Greens Salad in Whole Wheat Pita Pocket with Pineapple Salsa and a Delicious Pineapple “Soda”
Best Teamwork - East Harlem Center Mighty Bites - Dish: Shrimp Fried Rice with Cabbage and Carrot
Most Healthful - SUMA’s Dominasian Invasion - Dish: Asparagus-Broccoli-White Bean Soup
Most Ethnic Flair - I.S. 98 Bosses - Dish: Fish Taco with Pineapple-Strawberry Salsa
Most Original Dish - I.S. 166 Fire and Spice - Dish: Asian Noodles with Lemongrass Shrimp, Snap Peas and White Asparagus
Best Tasting
- I.S. 50’s Chef Kids Italiano - Dish: Whole Wheat Pasta with Sundried Tomatos and Feta Cheese
The Best Overall - Fannie Lou Hamer’s FLH Cooks - Dish: Salmon with Asparagus, Roasted Red Peppers and Brown Rice