SAN DIEGO: Local students to face off in teen “Iron Chef” competition

Culinary students from Hoover, Madison, Mira Mesa, San
Diego and Scripps Ranch high schools are scheduled to face off in a teen
“Iron Chef” competition Thursday.

The mystery for the participants is the identity of a secret ingredient
they will need to incorporate into three-course meals they will prepare, in the
style of the popular “Iron Chef America” television program on the Food

They'll find out what the ingredient is just before the beginning of the
San Diego Unified School District event that begins at 3:30 p.m. at the San
Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Some of the past secret ingredients were balsamic vinegar, brie,
calamari, cantaloupe and prosciutto.

“It is so much fun and makes all of our classroom cooking projects more
meaningful because we are cooking for professional judges,” said Vannak
Seang, a Mira Mesa student who competed last year.

According to the SDUSD, the culinary students were able to work on their
ideas, go shopping, portion their protein and measure dry and liquid
ingredients today, but aren't allowed to do any actual cooking, pre-making of
dough, or premixing of ingredients ahead of time. They'll be allowed to have
recipes or prep-lists at their station during the competition.

Michael Nylund, a senior at San Diego High, and Jessica Vasquez, a
senior at Madison High, are, like Seang, returning competitors.

Several of the participating schools held mock competitions recently for
practice and to select team members.

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