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OESJ at Junior Iron Chef

POSTED 3/28/2014
OESJ Middle School chefs show off skills in regional competition
Four OESJ Middle School students demonstrated their culinary talents by competing in the Junior Iron Chef Competition held Saturday, March 22 in Delhi.  
Junior Iron Chef

Sponsored by Bassett Research Institute’s 5-2-1-0 initiative, the Rural Health Education Network and Healthy Schools NY, the competition brought together middle and high school students from Delaware, Montgomery, Schoharie and Otsego counties. During the competition, the students had up to an hour and a half to prepare a healthy meal that could realistically be prepared in a school cafeteria using local ingredients and USDA commodity food items. Students selected menu items and developed their recipes prior to the event. 

OESJ eighth graders Dakota Corapi, Patience Harlow, Zackery Quill and Korina Richards, who are all students in Cheryl Trodler’s Family and Consumer Science class, prepared “Whole Wheat Saucy Rounds,” which incorporated locally produce cheese raviolis, homemade sauce, diced tomatoes, fresh-chopped garlic, Italian seasoning and fresh basil. During the completion, the students also prepared a salad and garlic bread. 

Dishes were judged on taste, creativity, presentation, and the use of local and USDA ingredients.
“In addition to meal preparation skills, the students also learned about meal planning and team work,” Trodler said, adding that the students also benefited from seeing the dishes created by competing teams.

“Our Family and Consumer Science classes help our students build skills they can use throughout their life both at home and in the workplace,” OESJ Middle School Principal Jeanine Kawryga said. “I thank Mrs. Trodler and all the participating organizations for making this learning opportunity possible. I especially thank the students for their initiative and hard work.” 

Caption: Top: OESJ eighth graders Dakota Corapi, Patience Harlow, Zackery Quill, Korina Richards and Family Consumer Science teacher Cheryl Trodler at the March 22 Junior Iron Chef competition. Middle: The OESJ team's dish. Bottom: Dakota Corapi, Zackery Quill and Mrs. Trodler at the competition.