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2nd Annual Iron Chef Market Challenge

Our 2nd Annual Iron Chef Challenge is coming soon!! 
On Oct. 1st,  we will welcome back Steve Hancock of St. Veronus to defend his title against Lindsey Dupuis from Brio Gusto, Lorianne Cichellio of the PC Cooking School in Lindsay, and one further Chef to be confirmed.  
Each Chef will be given identical baskets containing lots seasonal fall produce, local meat & cheese, and other market goods. They will also be given $10 worth of Nourish Coupons to select & purchase a ‘secret ingredient’ from any market vendor.

     Starting at 10:30am, Chefs will be given 1.5 hours to create a seasonal dish on-site that will be sampled and rated by a panel of guest judges at 12pm.  One local Chef will be crowned the 2nd Annual Market Iron Chef by creating an innovative dish that showcases local products, uses everything in the basket & is of course, delicious. Chefs include returning Champion Steve Hancock from St. Veronus. Lindsey Dupuis from Brio Gusto, Lorianne Cichellio of the PC Cooking School in Lindsay, and one further Chef to be confirmed.  The event will be hosted by Donald Fraser of our local Culinary Tours.

Here are some pics and coverage from last year’s event: 
Four chefs. Three judges. Two hours to cook.  And one heck of an event.  That was the recipe for success for the First Annual Iron Chef Market Cook-Off at the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market.
Brad Watt (Rare Grill House), Martin Vanden Anker (Holiday Inn), Steve Hancock (St. Veronus) and Ursula Fugger (Elmhirst Resort) battled it our for bragging rights, using all local ingredients and creating their entire menu on site.
Judges were David Goyette, the mayor’s executive assistant, city Coun. Dean Pappas and Karen Joplin of Lang Pioneer Village.
The winner of the event was Steve Hancock, who wowed both the judges and the crowd with a Gourmet Pork Sloppy Joe sandwich with Kale Salad.
The event was hosted by Donald Fraser of Farm to Table Culinary Tours.
Our fabulous Chefs – they all made incredible dishes & helped showcase the diversity of things you can make with local market goods. 
We had a great time at our first annual Iron Chef Market Cook-Off Competition 
Local Chefs:
– Brad Watt of Rare Grill
–  Martin Van der Anker of Holiday Inn’s Riverside Grill
– Ursula Fugger of Elmhirst Resort 
– Steve Hancock of St. Veronus
Each received an identical basket of market goods, $10 to buy a special ingredient, and were given 1.5 hours to create a completely local (except some vinegar, salt & pepper) meal for our 3 judges Karen Jopling, Dean Pappas & David Gayotte to assess based on: 
– Showcasing of local products (using everything in the basket) 
– Innovation and Presentation 
– Taste! 
In the end, it was Steve Hancock of St. Veronus who won the bragging rights, and was crowned our first annual Iron Chef Market Cook-Off. The calibre of the meals created by all four chefs was incredible. They were all gorgeous, delicious & certainly helped showcase all the amazing possiblities of things that can be made using all market ingredients. Thanks so much to everyone involved! 
Each Chef received an identical basket of market goods that included: 
Beans – McLean’s Berry Farm
Squash – Fishers’s Farms 
Jalapenos (3) – McLean’s Berry Farm
Kale – Sun Root Organics
Cooking Onion – C. Bruni & Sons 
Carrots – C. Bruni & Sons
Heirloom Potatoes – Martin’s Fruit & Veggies/ Deer Bay Farms
Cooking chocolate – Chocosol 
Goat’s Milk – Cross Wind Farms 
Garlic – Gaelic Garlic 
Oyster Mushrooms – Waymac Farms 
Apples – Allin’s Orchards 
Ground Pork – Sannox Farms 
Radish – Martin’s Fruit & vegetables 
Dill & Parsley – Sun Root Organics 
Lavender – Fraser’s Farm 
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Martin Van der Anker from Holiday Inn getting started.
Host Donald Fraser of Ptbo Culinary Tours talking to Brad Watt of Rare Grill in the background
Brad Watt of Rare Grill’s set-up 
Steve Hancock getting started 
Brad Watt, chef & showman extraordinaire brought dry ice to make corn ice cream with. The crowd was quite impressed!
Martin prepping some of his local ingredients 
lots of media were on hand to catch all the action 
Our wonderful host Donald Fraser of Peterborough Culinary Tours 
Ursula Fugger of Elmhirst Resort working with her local ingredients 
Brad mid competition 
Martin mid competition – there were lots of folks gathered around to watch the action   
Steve & Ursula mid competition 
we were lucky to have a beautiful fall day for the event. 
Steve Hancock of St. Veronus starting to plate his dishes  
Martin from Holiday Inn’s dish cooking up on the grill 
Steve Hancock’s plated meal – part of it anyways  
Ursula getting ready to plate her meal 
Our wonderful judges David Gayotte, Dean Pappas & Karen Jopling 
Brad’s delicious looking meals, with beauty plating, just awaiting the corn ice cream! 
Steve continuing to plate his feast for the judges 
Brad’s meal is almost ready 
Judges tasting Brad’s great meal
Steve Hancock’s great spread for the judges 
There was quite a crowd gathering by time the judging got started 
Martin’s lovely dish. Note the nail used to serve the meat – great idea 
judges trying out Martin’s meal 
Steve Hancock’s sandwiches (spoiler alert, these are what got him the win!) 
Steve explaining his dish to the judges 
Brad Watt had his fans in the crowd 
Ursula talking about her wonderful kale salad to the judges  
WINNER – Steve Hancock of St. Veronus won the 1st annual Iron Chef Cook-Off
Here he is accepting the win. 
 Our fabulous judges & Chefs. Thanks everyone for a great event! 
I was so busy for most of the day, that although I got a lot of pictures, not so many great close of the meals. Send us your pics via facebook, twitter or email if you have some great ones to share?!