Dordt College News

College Cook-off to benefit Family Crisis Center

November 2, 2008

Iron Chef Challenge

The heat is on as male and female, Raider and Defender cooks compete in the first annual Iron Chef Challenge. The college cook-off will benefit the Family Crisis Center while providing a food and fun-filled family night.

The Iron Chef Challenge will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dordt College Campus Center Grille area. Fifteen student teams from both Dordt and Northwestern will have one hour to create an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert, using one secret ingredient to be revealed the night of the competition.

A panel of 10 judges will sample the results and select the winner of the Iron Chef Challenge. Taste-testers are being selected by auction at, where the top eight donors will be awarded a seat on the judges panel.

Families in attendance are encouraged to bring canned goods for needy families in our community. A raffle ticket will be awarded for each canned item donated, so the more you bring the better your chances of receiving a prize.

Everyone in attendance will be treated to popcorn, cotton candy, pop, etc. (freewill donation) served by Dordt’s Student Activities Committee. Dordt’s FACT (Future Active Christian Teachers) Club will offer children’s games such as bean bag toss, coloring, face painting, and prizes.

Pizza Ranch pizza may be purchased on site, and the Campus Grille will be open to serve families who want to cheer on their favorite team while dining.
This fundraiser is sponsored by Dordt College Campus Ministries, with the money raised being given to the Family Crisis Center and two supporting ministries.

Each participating cooking team is donating $50 to the cause, and Hy-Vee in Sioux Center is donating all of the cooking supplies. The $300 Iron Chef prize money is being donated by American State Bank.

Over $2,000 worth of door prizes will be awarded that evening. They have been donated by Center Stone Jewelers ($900 matching white gold necklace and earrings), American State Bank, Butlers, Carrie Foods, Holiday Inn, and Hy-Vee. T-shirts will be available for purchase, also benefitting the Family Crisis Center.

Following the cook-off, Dordt students will host Comedy League and an NC/DC talent competition at the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

For more information about the Iron Chef Challenge contact Justin Carruthers. Those who wish to bid for a seat on the judges’ panel may submit bids directly to Matt VanderArk.

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