Iron Chef Fundraiser Cooks up over $3,000 for Food Bank

April 1, 2010

Twelve teams of students, faculty, and staff from the College of Health and Human Development competed on March 27, 2010, in the second annual “Iron Chef” fundraising event, hosted by the Nutrition Graduate Student Association. The event raised nearly $3,500, which benefitted the State College Area Food Bank.

Teams competed in two areas: who could cook the best dish using a designated secret ingredient (this year, apples) and who could raise the most money. This year the same team took home both prizes—“Locally Grown,” a team representing the School of Nursing (Tom Strickler; Nikki Hill, graduate student in Nursing; and Brian Hill, Nikki’s husband). The team raised $1,600, and their winning dish used twists on common comfort foods, such as a “Mac” and Cheese that used McIntosh apples. Second place went to the Apple iChefs, who represented the School of Hospitality Management (undergraduate students Evan Altneu and Jim Carty, and Paul Howard, instructor in hospitality management).

“This year’s competition raised the bar to a new level. The event incorporated a live video feed for the first time so that audience could watch the kitchen action from their seats, and the teams all produced superb dishes that were gorgeous to look at, as well as delicious,” says Dr. Nan Crouter, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development and one of the three judges at the event. “It is an absolutely wonderful event that showcases how much our HHD students, faculty, and staff care about the community (and enjoy really good food!).”

Numerous organizations provided support and prizes for the event. The competition’s secret ingredient was provided by Way Fruit Farm (half was donated), and food for the event was provided in part by GIANT Food Stores. Collegiate Pride provided thirty-six aprons for the teams to use during the event. Prizes were donated by Flour Box Bakery, Webster's Bookstore Café, Rotelli, Enchanted Kitchen, Irving's, Kitchen Kaboodle, the Autoport, Sugar on Top, Herwig's Austrian Bistro, the Cheese Shoppe, and Tait Farm Foods.

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