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"Cast-Iron Chef" Competition On the Menu for Pomona College

Students will get a taste of culinary battle when Pomona College hosts its Third Annual Cast-Iron Chef Competition. Four teams of Pomona students will attempt to out-cook each other in this event based on “Iron Chef,” a Japanese television show that became a cult hit in the United States.

In the event, contestants will be given costumes and a basket of secret ingredients to be used in creating a three-course meal. Last year’s ingredients included both alligator and ostrich meat. The panel of judges will include Pomona students, Dean of Students Ann Quinley and Interim Dean of Campus Life Frank Bedoya. Cory Cosio, the director of Frank Dining Hall, will emcee the competitions.

Preliminary rounds will be held on Thursday, February 10 in Frary Dining Hall, 347 E. Sixth St., Claremont, and on Thursday, March 3 in Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. The grand finale competition will be held on Wednesday, March 30 in Frank Dining Hall. All the competitions will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In the television show “Iron Chef,” master chefs in various culinary styles are pitted against challengers who try to prove their culinary prowess and skill. A guest panel judges the menus to determine who is victorious and who is vanquished. The show ended its weekly run in Japan, but reruns still air in the United States on the Food Network. The network’s “Iron Chef America,” featuring Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimoto, premiered in January 2005.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Known for its happy students, Pomona’s hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.