The fourth annual Wilson Iron Chef competition was held on Sunday, March 26. The event pitted three of the area’s top chefs against each other in a timed competition. Chef Josh Haines of Jimmie G’s Beverly Hills Tavern earned the victory over Chef Tim Twiford of the Crowne Plaza and Chef Mike Rauenzahn of the Bernville Eagle Hotel. Each of the chefs had to incorporate four ingredients in their dish: sausage, red cabbage, Greek yogurt and cheese curls.
In the People’s Choice competition, nine restaurants were competing for two spots in next year’s Iron Chef competition. All nine competitors had to incorporate cheese into their featured dish. Don’s Food Products & Melanie’s Medley’s earned first place with its Champagne and Gouda bisque. Second place went to Ganley’s for its smoked bacon and Gorgonzola stuffed dates with spicy Jameson glaze.
Also part of the day again this year was vendor row with more than 20 vendors offering samples of their foods and products. Check out our photo gallery to see some of the highlights of this year’s competition:
The Penn Werner Hotel mixing up some smoked chili mac and cheese
The chili mac looks good.
Lake Wynonnah Lodge had three offerings in the People’s Choice competition: apple glazed chicken with Gorgonzola foam, red beet risotto with chevre cream, and bacon broccoli cheddar slaw with a Parmesan frisco.
Bella’s brought its signature “Grandma” pizza and select hoagies to the People’s Choice competition.
The winning dish for the People’s Choice competition was this Champagne & Gouda bisque from Don’s
The People’s Choice runner-up: bacon and Gorgonzola stuffed dates with spicy Jameson glaze.
Adelphia’s Seafood brought crab salad to the People’s Choice.
GNA’s cannoli was the only dessert among People’s Choice competitors
One of the more original People’s Choice offerings was the chicken, bacon, ranch mac and cheese bites from the Berkshire Country Club.
The pulled pork tacos with homemade slaw are always a hit in the vendor area.
ViVA was making two pastas at their stand, including this shrimp penne with vodka sauce.
Gourmand was cooking up pulled pork for its tostada bites in the vendor area.
What’s an Iron Chef competition without dessert? Sweet Ride ice cream had four flavors to choose from.
The calm before the storm on the Iron Chef stage.
Chef Mike Kratz samples the winning dish from Chef Josh Haines.
Judge Linda Bell discusses the merits of Chef Rauenzahn’s dish.
Chef Tim’s presentation is always picture perfect.