Students Compete to Cook Up Best Local Dish

Manitoba high school students will compete this morning in the Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off II at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

The second annual competition will challenge students to create a dish featuring local and sustainable foods available year-round in Manitoba, in less than one hour.

“So many youth these days only know how to cook with a debit card and a microwave,” said Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba. “This annual event encourages high school students to understand the relationship between good health and improving their cooking skills, and lets them use their imagination and creativity.”

After the dishes are prepared, they will be judged by Ben Kramer (Diversity Foods Executive Chef, Elements), Jim Rondeau (Minister of Healthy Living Youth and Seniors), Talia Syrie (The Tallest Poppy), and Marilyn Firth (Almost Urban CSA).

Teams have been divided into three tiers of participation, including Culinary Arts, Home Economics and Aspiring Chefs. An opening ceremony is set for 8 a.m.