Dordt College News

Loin Kings win Iron Chef competition

November 17, 2008

Iron Chef Challenge

The first annual Iron Chef Challenge held at Dordt College Friday, Nov. 14, pulled in 10 teams, an estimated crowd of 400 people, and a huge variety of menu items, all of which contained a special secret ingredient announced just before the clock started for the one hour cooking competition: pineapple.

Sponsored by Dordt College Campus Ministries, over $1,500 was raised for the Family Crisis Center and two supporting ministries (Melissa’s Hope Chest and Bridge Ministries), along with donations of over 1,000 cans of food.

With a 60-minute time limit to create an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert, it was the Loin Kings that won the culinary competition, claiming the $300 prize and the golden spatula award for their bacon-wrapped pork loin, stuffed tortilla, and citrus crème. This international cooking team included Ricardo Aquino from Xalapa, Mexico; Jander Talen from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Kyle Rietema from Hanford, Calif.; Elijah Palmer from Norfolk, Virg.; and Grant Dykstra from Highland, Ind.

Other teams included Garbanzo and the Chickpeas (in bright green chefs hats); Spamalot (in Groucho Marx noses and glasses), Domination A La Mode, Breakfast in Bed, Umanji, Joy, Seconds Please, Totally Sauced, and the Briaars.

Each team had three tables, one electrical outlet and an outdoor grill, along with their own assortment of cooking utensils and dinnerware to chop, slice, blend and serve up a three-course menu. A roving reporter (Jana Postma) wandered among the contestants along with a video camera, with live progress reports projected onto a giant screen.

Ten judges sampled and selected the winners of the challenge, with 197 points awarded to the Loin Kings, and Team “Joy” coming in second with 193 points. Each participating team donated $50 to the cause, and Hy-Vee in Sioux Center donated $75 in cooking supplies for each team. The $300 Iron Chef prize money was donated by American State Bank.

Over $2,000 worth of door prizes were awarded, including a white gold necklace and earrings from Center Stone which went to a newly engaged student, Josh DeJong, who donated 60 canned items to the cause. Business sponsors who contributed to the success of the evening included Hy Vee, American State, Center Stone, Butlers, Ground Effects, Holiday Inn, Caseys, Renees, Culvers, Fridley Theatres, True Vine, and Dordt College’s Maintenance Department, who helped with set up and take down.

Photos of the event are posted at

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