The East High School Iron Chef Competition is one of our favorite community events of the year, not only because we sponsor it, but because of the energy and fun that fills the event. We love seeing the kids and their sous-chefs working together, growing nervous as the clock ticks and comes the time to present their creations to the judges.
As it’s traditional, each of the 6 students in the challenge have a team of 2-3 sous-chefs of local personalities, which this year includes our Chair – Joann Santos as well as Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and President of Monroe Community College Anne Kress, among others.
Don’t miss this wonderful event that will benefit the East H.S. Culinary Arts Program. Your tickets for the 2015 East H.S. Iron Chef not only give you access to the action, but will also get you a delicious dinner prepared by Wegmans.
East High School Iron Chef Competition details:
April 12th, 2015
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Wegmans Conference Center
400 Market Street (off Chili Avenue), Rochester, NY (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions)
Tickets available at Wegmans or East High School.
Following is the press release from the event organizers:
For more information, contact:
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ Vice President of Media Relations, 585-429-3627
Alecia McLaughlin, Program Administrator, East High School, 585-288-3130 x4361
6th Annual Iron Chef Competition for Six East High School Culinary Students Heats Up on Sunday April 12th
When: 4 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, April 12th
Where: Wegmans Conference Center
400 Market Street (off Chili Avenue), Rochester, NY
ROCHESTER, NY – Once again, the East High School Iron Chef Competition will bring together the culinary skills and hospitality management knowledge of six high school students to compete for over $12,000 in scholarships to the school of their choice and to raise money for East High’s Culinary Program. The event will be held at Wegmans Conference Center (details above).
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance for $35 or $250 for a table of eight at any Wegmans service desk ‘That’s T.H.E. Ticket’ center. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to the East High Culinary Program.
“This event has become part of the East High tradition where students now compete for the Iron Chef title,” says Program Administrator Alecia McLaughlin, “as well as scholarships, awards, and internships. We have watched this unique experience grow from the school cafeteria to the Wegmans Conference Center.”
Each of the six East High culinary teams, made up of one student with two ‘celebrity’ sous chefs, will prepare a main-course entree in just one hour, all working from the same recipe. The ‘celebrity’ sous chefs include Mayor Warren, Dr. Stephen Uebbing, Superintendent ofthe University of Rochester East High School Partnership, Dr. Susan Meier, Chief Academic Officer of the University of Rochester East High School Partnership and Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College, Jeff Bocach, Advantage Federal Credit Union and Joann Santos, Latinas Unidas.
The teams will be judged on various elements, including teamwork, personal appearance, food safety, knife skills, flavor, and presentation. The panel of expert judges includes Wegmans Executive Chef Robert Santiago, Wegmans Director of Asian Cuisine John Emerson, Wegmans Regional Executive Chef Scott Bova, and local Rochester chefs, Mike Speranza and Brad Yearwood.
“My involvement in last year’s competition and with the cooking class at school has been personally rewarding,” says John Emerson, Wegmans’ Director of Asian Cuisine. “It’s a privilege to watch the students learn, grow, and develop in this incredible program at East High and to see how the food industry can play a supporting role.”
In addition to the six competing culinary students, East High students from the Hospitality and Tourism and Information Technology classes will be participating in the event to gain valuable experience in their field of study. They will assist with such things as ticket sales at the door, event set-up and break-down, and audio visual needs.
“Our sincerest thanks go to the Rochester City School District staff, students, families, alumni, and the sponsors who make this event possible,” added McLaughlin.
About the East High School Culinary Program
The Culinary Program is one of the successful East High School Programs where 100% of the graduating seniors go onto college or work. The program began in 2000 when Chef Jeff Christiano, then Executive Chef at the Woodcliff was challenged to build a workforce of student chefs to support the industry. Chef Christiano accepted that challenge and has continued to grow the Culinary Program at East embracing partnerships with companies like Wegmans, Advantage Federal Credit Union, Sam’s Club, Foodlink, Maines, Red Apple and Latinas Unidas, to name a few.
The invaluable partnership developed with Wegmans, affords East High School students the opportunity to learn culinary techniques alongside Wegmans Executive Chefs as well as what excellence in the career looks like. Many of our alumni culinary and current studentsgain employment at Wegmans and aspire to become Executive Chefs or sole proprietors one day. Students complete industry-based curriculum, receive work-based learning experiences, as well as internship and volunteer work expertise.
East High School is proud to be the home to this unique program where students express feeling like part of a family.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.
Directions to Wegmans Conference Center at 200 Wegmans Market Street
From Points East… Take 390 North to Exit 18B West, go past Rochester International Airport. Continue past 1500 Brooks Avenue Corporate Office to the end of Brooks Avenue. Turn left on Chili Avenue. Make left at 5th light (about 1½ miles, intersection of Chili Avenue and Wegmans Market Street). Follow signs to 200 Wegmans Market Street.
From Points South… Take 390 North to Exit 18B West, go past Rochester International Airport. Continue past 1500 Brooks Avenue Corporate Office to the end of Brooks Avenue. Turn left on Chili Avenue. Make left at 5th light (about 1½ miles, intersection of Chili Avenue and Wegmans Market Street). Follow signs to 200 Wegmans Market Street.
From Points West… Take 490 East to 204 East (Exit 6, County Airport.) Straight thru the light, you will be on Wegmans Market Street. Follow signs to 200 Wegmans Market Street.