Hundreds attended Saturday's Jr. Iron Chef competition at SUNY Cobleskill.  Culinary middle school students from 8 Upstate counties vied for the title of top Jr. Iron Chef 2019.

WDOS's own Big Chuck was one of six competition judges.  Hundreds of parents, supporters and visitors cheered the teams on as they cooked, cut, boiled, washed, fried and assembled their entries in the SUNY Cobleskill industrial kitchen.  They raced against the clock and followed strict rules.  Competition parts included oral presentations, exhibit displays, food content and attractiveness and more.

The judges were:

"Big Chuck" D'imperio, WDOS broadcaster and food writer

Joe Yelich, SUperintendent of Oneonta City Schools

Christina Quadrio, chef at Council Rock Brewery

Ronette Wiley, Executive Vice President of Bassett Medical Center

Matt Grady, owner of Stagecoach Coffee

Sarah Ereio, Registered Dietician at Cobleskill Regional Hospital


Schools that participated included:

Brunch Bunch:  Fonda-Fultonville

Hungry Hippos:  Bainbridge-Guilford

Junior Cook On:  Waterville Central School

The IncrEDIBLES:  Margaretville Central School

Donovan Spice Chefs:  Donovan Middle School (Utica)

Wrap Stars:  Golding Middle School (Cobleskill) WINNERS

Chop It up:  Broadalbin-Perth Central School

Blue Devilicious:  Camden Middle School

Master Marauder Cooks:  Sherburne-Earlville Middle School

Sidney Servers:  Sidney Central School

Cooking Magicians:  Herkimer Central School

Chop It Like It's Hot:  VVS Middle School

Cooperstown:  Cooperstown Middle School

P.O.T.A.T.O.:  VVS Middle School

Here are photos of this exciting event:

Sidney Central School arrived "ready to cook"
In the kitchen
The time clock was ticking!
Two judges: Joe Yelich and Matt Grady
Suny Cobleskill supervising chefs: Professor Jo Anne Cloughly and Executive Chef Instructor David Yanisko Chef
Parents and supporters watched the kitchen excitement on a big screen TV in the banquet hall
Presenting food to the judges
One entry: Vietnamese Pho
Margaretville presents their entry
The winners of the Jr. Iron Chef COmpetition 2019: Wrap Stars from Golding Middle School (Cobleskill)