The Mag Room was full of the overwhelming aroma of delicious food well after its usual closing time recently as students, faculty and staff lined up for the Student Union and Aramark’s fourth annual Iron Chef Competition last week. Opposing student teams were each paired with an Aramark chef to make the best three-course meal incorporating one secret ingredient – pineapple – in just one hour.
Alex Boston, a senior and one of last year’s reigning champions, says his passion and talent for cooking stems from his grandmother and time spent living in Italy. An advocate of the Iron Chef competition, he recognizes that it requires teamwork and inspiration.
Wearing his chef’s hat, Boston reminisces about the previous year’s winning dish, which required the use of cereal: “Last year, we made Rice Krispies-crusted chicken and Fruit Loop crab cakes.”
Unfortunately for Boston, a repeat title was not on this year’s menu.
Junior Eleanor Saffian, a member of this year’s winning team, served up a perfect pineapple dessert, as well as a reminder that the competition is not only about winning.
“I signed up without knowing anyone when I was a freshman, so it was a nice way to get involved,” Saffian says. She urges incoming freshman to seek out Iron Chef and other short courses as a way to meet other students.
Tori Erb, a sophomore and Student Union short-course chair who worked closely with Aramark to ensure the event’s success, agrees: “Iron Chef brings different people from different parts of campus together as a whole.”
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