On February 20th Loyalist Culinary students hosted the Ninth Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition for Quinte and surrounding area high schools. First place was awarded to Picton’s Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI). Second place was presented to Kingston’s Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School from Courtice placed third. The students competed for bursaries and a wide range of prizes.
Capitalizing on the success of the Japanese-produced Iron Chef television series, Loyalist students created this unique local competition in order to promote the art of cooking to aspiring young chefs, and to promote the excellence of the College’s Culinary Management and Chef Training programs.
“I had never taken a cooking class prior to this competition,” said Henry Goddard, a grade 12 student and captain of the Picton team. “It was great to be a part of this. There are so many basic skills in the culinary field that make such a difference and I discovered that timing is crucial. We had practiced so many times that today I actually felt calm, not nervous.”