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Jana Iron Chef

At Jana, we take fun seriously. I know, that sounds an oxymoron, but we do! Every month we plan some sort of a fun event for the whole team. We have a bunch of foodies at Jana and food-related events are usually a hit. So I organized a friendly culinary competition and this past Friday we held the first ever Jana Iron Chef competition.

Teams battle in the first ever Jana Iron Chef competition

Teams battle in the first ever Jana Iron Chef competition

Here are the rules for Jana Iron Chef:

  • Teams of 2 people cook together
  • Two kitchen stations set up for 2 teams to go head-to-head at the same time
  • Full access to common “office food” ingredients
  • 20 minutes per round of cooking
  • Each team must prepare two dishes:
    • One savory dish
    • One sweet dish
  • Each round features a new secret ingredient that must be used in both courses
  • Panel of 3 judges scores each dish on:
    • 10 points taste
    • 5 points creativity
    • 5 points presentation
    • 5 points use of secret ingredient

The main challenge is being confined to office-type food ingredients. Think about making a “restaurant quality” dish using only instant mac-and-cheese, goldfish crackers, and string cheese. It’s a testament to the creativity of our teams that they were able to make some delicious dishes using a very limited pantry. Our secret ingredients ended up being:

  • Round 1: Goat cheese
  • Round 2: Bacon
  • Round 3: Starfruit and Dragonfruit
Some dishes from team Christoline

Some dishes from team Christoline

There was one big surprise when, after two rounds of competition, two teams tied for second place. We had to scramble and organize a three-way cook-off for the final round. It was a thrilling way to end the competition.

Our champions with their golden knives

Our champions with their golden knives

Congratulations to the champions of the first ever Jana Iron Chef: Christina & Caroline, team Christoline!

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