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College Cuisine Competition Heats Up With "Cast-Iron Chef" Finale

Students are  tasting culinary battle as  Pomona College hosts its Third Annual Cast-Iron Chef Competition. Four teams of Pomona students are attempting  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.

Preliminary rounds are over, and the grand finale competition will be held on Wednesday, March 30 in Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. The competition will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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.

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.