Four teams of Pathfinders and Rangers from West Point Grey District competed at Iron Chef on October 24th. The girls set up shelters and camp kitchens to cook up a storm at Deas Island Regional Park. After some brainstorming, the first step was to gather ingredients. While it sounds easy, the round robin approach means that limited ingredients might be claimed before your team's turn, requiring quick thinking and flexibility.
Once the 10 ingredients were collected, the team quickly set to work on the first course - an appetizer. Dishes must be presented in 45 minutes and are judged on many criteria, including the all-important taste. Then there's presentation, description, creative use of ingredients, and incorporating the theme ingredient(s). This year, each dish had to be wrapped mummy-style using naan, nori, cabbage leaves, and other options. All too soon, a whistle marked the time to present dishes.
While the judges got busy, the cooks were back to work preparing main course dishes. In no time at all, more dishes were ready, and then it was on to desserts. Nibbling of leftovers and dish-washing were also important aspects of the afternoon.
Once everything was eaten, cleaned up, and packed away, it was on to the announcement of winners. Our patrols all won certificates for individual best dishes, descriptions, and so on. Maybe next year, we will achieve culinary supremacy. In the meantime, we had a great time, donated lots of food to the Richmond Food Bank, and honed our teamwork and camp stove skills!
We're excited to get outside, have fun, make friends, and try new things!