Iron Chef!

The cohort’s last Cooking Matters class tests all their skills in a friendly competition – Iron Chef! The trainees split into teams, create a recipe, and cook it to perfection.

Below are the final entrees lined up.

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F_jWBovSeY8DArPwhCMo3Qwf6R1poIFmHhOhZCMaotQSauteed shrimp with mango sauce:

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

After learning about nutrition from the 18 Reasons crew, the Cohort put their new knowledge into practice by preparing nutritious Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos with guacamole and cabbage slaw.

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What We Cook Matters

Does boiling vegetables decrease their nutrition content? What vegetables have Vitamin A? How do I cook this funny looking vegetable? Last week our new cohort of Kitchen of Champions trainees learned the answers as they began Cooking Matters with the help of our community partner 18 reasons. 

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Iron Chef Cook-Off!

Our KoC 35 Cohort trainees had their final Cooking Matters class last Thursday.  The class gave the cohort an opportunity to show off their new skills in an Iron Chef cook-off!  The trainees were split into teams and had been designing their most tasty recipes since last Friday.


The final dishes were:

Santa Fe Chicken Tostadas with Fresh Mango Salsa

Sante Fe Chicken Tostadas

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

Stuffed Peppers


Shrimp Ceviche with Avacado


At the end of their cooking matters series the cohort received certificates!  Congratulations to all the trainees, and a big thank you to our wonderful partners at Cooking Matters (18 Reasons)

Kitchen of Champions CertificateFinished