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"Cast-Iron Chef" Competition Turns Up the Heat and Turns Students Into Chefs at Pomona's Dining Halls

The thriller-from-the-griller competition in which culinary gladiators “batter to the death” comes to Pomona when four students go spatula-to-spatula at the second-annual Cast-Iron Chef competition. The competition is based on Iron Chef, the Japanese TV show that became a cult hit in the United States. A guest panel judges the menus to determine who is victorious and who is vanquished.

Pomona's contestants will be given costumes and a “secret basket” of ingredients they must use to create dishes tasty enough to wow the panel of judges from Pomona College.

Students will battle it out in two preliminary rounds, held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, in Frary Dining Hall, and Wednesday, February 11, in Frank Dining Hall. The victor from the preliminaries will go on to cross culinary swords with Frank Dining Hall Director Michael Williams, a professional chef, at the championship round, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, at Frary Hall. For more information, contact Toby Bushee, catering manager, at (909) 607-9281.