The 4th Annual LHC Iron Chef Cook-Off drew an audience of more than 100 cheering fans on Feb. 28, as six teams competed for the coveted Tomato Can trophy on the cable TV show “Fit and Fabulous.” Hosted by Brenda von Rautenkranz (LHC 2005), the competition is an opportunity for classes to form teams, test their culinary creativity and raise money for the Howard County Food Bank, Salvation Army and Leadership U.
It was a tasteful evening. This year’s competition included the following categories.
• Appetizer – Class of 2010 vs. Essentials
• Entrée – Class of 2005 vs. 2011
• Dessert – Class of 2009 vs. The Dream Team
The Class of 2010 tried to defend its title but was overtaken by the Overall Winner: the Class of 2011.
In exchange for tickets for each competition, audience members brought canned goods or non-perishable food to be donated to the Food Bank or Salvation Army. Additional tickets were available for purchase. These funds were dedicated to Leadership U.
This highly successful event collected more than 750 pounds of non-perishable food. With the support of Wegmans, The Dream Team contributed 260 cans. Additional ticket sales yielded more than $350 for Leadership U. And, the Class of 2009 (spearheaded by Jason Chamberlain) raised more than $1,285 for the Community Action Council’s food bank.
Bita Dayhoff (LP 1999), president of the Community Action Council, thanked the audience members for their contribution to the Howard County Food Bank.
“We are so appreciative to have Leadership Howard County and its membership as partners in ending hunger in Howard County. The financial and food donations from Leadership Howard County will allow us to support 32 families. It’s a tremendous help at a time when demand for assistance is extremely high.”