Medford middle schoolers win Iron Chef style competition

MEDFORD, Ore. – From the small screen to the gymnasium, an Iron Chef competition took over a Medford school Thursday.

Kids Unlimited Academy held its third annual Iron Chef competition this week.

The secret ingredient this time? Mushrooms.

The middle schoolers teamed up to show off their cooking skills in this quick competition.

The winning team surprising judges with a French classic.

“We just won a competition by um making like a French dish that I really like,” eighth-grader Andre told NBC5. “It was very stressful like I did not like it because we weren’t really making our dishes until like the last two weeks.  But it was really fun.”

Andre and his sixth grade teammate Lexi won by making steak tar tar with Brushetta.

The judges of the competition say every dish was outstanding, the winners taking the title by only four points.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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