Iron Chef Contest Showcases Farmers’ Market Fare
Special events starting at 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 21 — Peach of a Day
Aug. 28 — Kids’ Crafts
Sept. 4 — Scarecrow-building Demonstration and Kids’ Talent Show
Sept. 11 — Honoring First Responders
Sept. 18 — Not Your Westminster Dog Show
Sept. 25 — Paint a Pumpkin
Three culinary students filled shopping bags with fresh produce from vendors at the Broomfield Farmers’ Market before chopping, sauteing and serving their creations at the 6th Annual Iron Chef Challenge.
Faith Marcelli, one of three students from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder who competed in Iron Chef, took home the prize.
Marcelli competed against Mason Snyder, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Erik Hendley, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, to create an appetizer and entree.
The trio was given time to buy ingredients and already had chosen their proteins — in this case New York Strip Steaks and an oxtail. Three judges, including Sam Taylor, CEO and Broomfield Chamber president, then sampled the plated food.
“All the food was delicious,” Taylor said. “It was hard to believe they could make food like that so quickly with just ingredients they could find right there at the farmers’ market.”
One dish had new potatoes with fennel, the oxtail had mango chutney on the side, and one steak dish was covered with a sauce made with a chianti reduction and mushrooms.
“I thought it was some of the best sauce I ever had,” Taylor said.
Each student was given $60 in Market Bucks and 40 minutes to make their purchases. Cooking stations were set up near the stage, and a limited number of samples were given to spectators at the market.
“Iron Chef Competitor Faith Mercelli has always been a foodie,” according to a post on the market’s Facebook page. “A Wyoming native, she believes that each dish should be prepared as a special, personal work of art.”
Other upcoming events at the Farmers’ Market include a kids’ talent show and performances by the Broomfield Children’s Chorus from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
Mary McIntire, executive director of the Children’s Chorus and organizer of the talent show, is looking for soloists (provide your own accompanist), instrumentalists, and small ensembles to perform.
The market will provide sound equipment and a keyboard. To sign up for a specific time contact email@example.com . McIntire said she needs to hear from interested performers by Friday, Aug. 31.
Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios