Jr. Iron Chef VT

Jr. Iron Chef VT is a premiere statewide culinary competition organized by Vermont Afterschool and Vermont FEED (Food Education Everyday) for teams of Vermont students who create healthy dishes with local and seasonal foods that inspire their school meal programs as part of the Farm to School efforts in Vermont.


Without Jr. Iron Chef, I never would have fallen in love with cooking.


Since 2008, nearly 5,000 Vermont middle and high school students have participated in Jr. Iron Chef VT. Along the way, they’ve not only created and prepared recipes from scratch, they’ve learned about local agriculture and nutrition, established relationships with peers, chefs, and local farmers, developed confidence, and honed teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.

School food change takes many players—students, food service, parents, and the community. Jr. Iron Chef VT involves all of these players to create a vibrant, fun, and wildly popular event! 

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Because of Jr. Iron Chef, I know how to be a good leader.


If you’d like to become a sponsor to help us make Jr. Iron Chef VT program accessible to all Vermont kids, or if have any questions, please contact Jr. Iron Chef VT Coordinator Kerrie Mathes.