Guilford 6th-graders enter statewide cooking contest

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In February, sixth-graders at Guilford, Vt. Central School participated in an Iron Chef Cook Off. Teacher Jen Kramer led her class in a study of food sources and the implications of our food choices, utilizing the Young Readers Edition of Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. From there, students worked in four teams with staff coaches to create or modify creative recipes that highlighted locally available foods.

Next, each team visited a local restaurant to get some professional recommendations on their recipes and to practice cooking skills. We'd like to extend heartfelt thanks to the owners, chefs, and staff at Duo, The Porch, The Guilford Country Store, and The Farm Table for their generosity and dedication to helping us make this project a success!

Students then participated in a practice cook off and a competitive cook off at school. Judges used a variety of criteria including presentation, inclusion of local ingredients, teamwork, flavor, and creativity to choose a winning team. The winning team, the Guilford Bandits, traveled to Burlington on Saturday, March 16 to participate in the statewide Jr. Iron Chef competition organized by Vermont FEED, where they cooked their signature dish, Sweet Potato Miso Raviolis with Kale Pesto, topped with a pickled carrot garnish.

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