Monday, September 21, 2009

Culinary Students of The Art Institutes Compete on Iron Chef America

In an unprecedented battle, students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes were invited to compete on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America. This challenge marks the first time in the show’s history that culinary students have been invited to compete in Kitchen Stadium.

The student-challenger team included Katelyn Remick, Julie Fiedler and Tyler Burke, all of whom attend The Art Institute of Phoenix. They were supported by two alternate student challengers, Cameron Terrasas and Dezirea Elizondo. All of these students were selected based upon their academic and performance experience as well as a deep passion for the culinary arts. To prepare for the Iron Chef America battle, the student-challengers practiced four-to-five times per week in addition to attending classes.

According to Chef Eric Watson, assistant academic director, this team has competed together for more than two years, receiving two gold and two silver medals in state and regional American Culinary Federation competitions.
“Most of the world’s best chefs never have an opportunity to challenge the Iron Chefs, let alone appear on national television,” Watson said. “It’s an incredible honor and an experience of a lifetime for all of us.”
The episode premieres on Sunday, September 27th at 9pm ET/PT and features the students battling Iron Chef Michael Symon.

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