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Jr. Iron Chef cook-off thanks

March 24, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The Health Initiative's fourth North Country Jr. Iron Chef, a cooking competition for middle and high school age teams, was held March 12.

Congratulations to the teams: AAKrepes, Potsdam; Berry Good Morning Chefs, Clifton-Fine; The, Thousand Islands; Cast Iron Jacks, Tupper Lake; Chowder Ninjas, Thousand Islands; Cloudy With a Chance of Bulldogs, Heuvelton; Colton Jr. Chefs, Colton-Pierrepont; Crepes of Wrath, Builders Club, Potsdam; Culinary Raiders, Massena; Delsavamor, Sackets Harbor; Fitz-Tasticks, Malone; Galloping Gourmandes, Colton-Pierrepont; Healthy Trio, 4-H, Clinton County; Iron Saints, St. Regis Falls; Keene Central Battling Beavers, Keene; Lyme 4-H Extended Day Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County; Middies, Salmon River; NNCS Burrito Bunch, Norwood-Norfolk; NNCS Sandwich Masters, Norwood-Norfolk; Shamrocks, Salmon River; 46ers, Adirondack Educational Center, Saranac Lake; BMC Healthy Panthers, Brushton-Moira; Bob's Burners, Tupper Lake; Cheesie Hard Cores, Saranac Lake; Cheesy Chili Chefs, Clifton-Fine; Five Roses, Salmon River; Iwatobi Cooking Club, Salmon River; and SRF Chefs, St. Regis Falls.

Thank you to our judges: David Allen, executive chef at Latitude 44 Bistro; Mark Bennett, principal of AAK Middle School; Rose Bigelow, student at Canton Central; Cathy Carr, teacher at Canton Central; Anias Correa, student at Canton Central; Mike Corse, owner-operator of Deep Root Farm and cook at Nature's Storehouse; Steven DeGray, student at Potsdam Central; Carly Draper, director of clinical nutrition at Carthage Area Hospital; Megan Smith, teacher at Canton Central; Artie Frego, director of food service for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES; Paul Hetzler, horticulture and natural resource educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County; Julie Holbrook, school lunch manager with Champlain Valley Educational Services; Megan Kent, owner-operator of Kent Family Growers; Steven Sanderson, student at Canton Central; Steve Maiocco, executive chef and assistant director of the College Association; Gloria McAdam, executive director of GardenShare; Kara McLuckie, chef at the Blackbird Cafe; George Merritt, superintendent of Edwards-Knox Central School; Craig Orvis, food service director at Watertown City Schools; Jean Rowe, Health Initiative board chair and human resources manager at United Helpers Management Company; Josh Taillon, chef at Jake's on the Water; Dr. Paul Tejera, endocrinologist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, St. Lawrence Health System; Stephanie Gilbert, school psychologist at Heuvelton Central School; and Tim Vernsey, superintendent of Ogdensburg City Schools.

We are thankful for the support of our Platinum Presenter event sponsor, St. Lawrence Health System, and other generous sponsors: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Community Bank N.A., Regional Access and Hurlbut Tent Rental. We're also grateful for the support of Potsdam Central School, Chef Kyle Mayette of Clarkson University, Jefferson County Public Health Service, Potsdam Public Library and event volunteers.

Please visit for recipes and photos from the competition.

Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel

Health Initiative, Potsdam



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