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Iron Chef Competition A Treat for Sandy Creek Middle School Students

SANDY CREEK – Using apples as the secret ingredient, Sandy Creek Central School District middle school students battled in the family and consumer science kitchen to compete for the title of Iron Chef.

Sandy Creek Central School District librarian Rachel Allen, left, and senior Makayla Sherman, second from left, examine an apple dessert from ‘The Blue Originals’ team during an Iron Chef competition in Marissa Paquin’s family and consumer science class. Student Michael Thayer, from an opposing team, looks on.
Sandy Creek Central School District librarian Rachel Allen, left, and senior Makayla Sherman, second from left, examine an apple dessert from ‘The Blue Originals’ team during an Iron Chef competition in Marissa Paquin’s family and consumer science class. Student Michael Thayer, from an opposing team, looks on.

Three teams had to find a recipe, research the history of apples, bake a delicious dessert and present their product to the class and three guest judges: senior Makayla Sherman, librarian Rachel Allen and eighth grade health teacher Jared Cook.

“The Blue Originals” team presented ‘Apple Swirls,’ a doughy apple treat.

Cook critiqued the team, saying he looked for a larger presence of apples, and Allen said she enjoyed the cinnamon swirl twist.

Team members said in their research that they found apples to be one of America’s staples, because they’re widely used across America.

After presenting, the team washed dishes and plated the remainder of the dessert for their classmates.

Next up was team “Green Machine,” whose members presented the judges with ‘Apples on a Wheel.’

Apples were sliced and placed on top of a cinnamon bun to replicate the spokes of a bicycle wheel.

No added sugar was used, making the dessert a healthier alternative, students said.

“It’s very different, so I rated it an 18 out of 20,” Sherman said.

Team ‘Yellow Jackets’ members Taylor Webb and Michael Thayer showcased their ‘Crispy Goodness’ take on apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream to all three judges.

Webb explained the research process, team roles and ingredients used before judges examined and tasted the dish.

“Let’s dig in,” one student said, waiting to eat the leftover treats.

Sherman, Allen and Cook reviewed all presentations and desserts before offering final critiques to the teams.

“We messed up so that was the hardest part,” Webb said. “I’m nervous.”

After judges offered suggestions for improvement for each dish, they announced team “Green Machine” as the winner.

Family and consumer science teacher Marissa Paquin said other teams will compete during the second, third and fourth marking period before winners of each session will battle each other in a final Iron Chef round.

“It just seemed like a fun way to conclude the nutrition unit,” Paquin said. “It ties in lab skills of food safety that I taught them in seventh grade.”