Student chefs face off at inter-university Iron Chef cook-off

University of Ottawa, McGill made strong showing for Canada at second annual inter-university Iron Chef contest hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


  1. On Feb. 7, student chefs from the University of Ottawa and McGill University were among six brigades that took over the dining hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the second annual inter-university Iron Chef contest. The Canadian delegates stirred it up with cooks from Yale University, the University of New Hampshire, the College of the Holy Cross and UMass (last year's champions).
  2. Each team was required to prepare at least two courses featuring select ingredients (shiitake mushrooms, whole milk, local crasins, local potatoes, plus their choice of a whole chicken, flounder filets or beef tenderloin) and a surprise item revealed the day of the competition: maple syrup. With the guidance of a coach from each school's dining services, teams had an hour-and-a-half to whip up a mouthwatering meal.
  3. U of O and McGill finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively, with Yale taking home the cup. Better luck to the Canadian teams next year, when the contest will be on home soil at the U of O.
  4. But enough background, let's get to the exciting stuff.
  5. The teams:
  6. University of Ottawa
  7. McGill University
  8. University of New Hampshire's Thompson School of Applied Science (3rd place)
  9. University of Massachusetts (2nd place)
  10. Yale University (1st place)
  11. The food: