Iron Chef: fourth time lucky for uOttawa?

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Three young women, one holding the pitcher of a blender and one reaching into it with a spoon

From left: Annalisa Weber, Lindsay Trottier and Courtney Azure finish preparing their dish. Photos: Kawtar Jaanid

The nicely presented final dish in front of a small sign with Spice Girls written on it

The Spice Girls’ scallop dish.

By Kawtar Jaanid

The University has come close to bringing home the top prize in the Inter-University Iron Chef Competition on two occasions since the culinary event was launched in 2014. Perhaps the 2017 Iron Chef cook-off will be the year uOttawa takes it all!

This past Sunday, finalists from the qualifying round diced and dashed their way through the finale to see which team would go on to represent the University of Ottawa at the 2017 inter-university competition. And the honour goes to … the Spice Girls, the team that represented uOttawa at the 2016 competition. Will 2017 be their lucky year?

Members of the Spice Girls:

  • Lindsay Trottier, team captain and third-year biology student specializing in animal physiology
  • Annalisa Weber, third-year biochemistry student
  • Courtney Azure, third-year biomedical sciences student
Three young women, one holding the pitcher of a blender and one reaching into it with a spoon

The Spice Girls taste their tapenade.

The three team members advanced from the qualifying round by peeling potatoes, dicing onions and whipping a delicate Chantilly cream to perfection — all in record time.

Armed with the culinary skills acquired during the 2016 competition, the Spice Girls managed to impress the judges and outdo the three other teams to win the uOttawa finale with their version of a dish by chef Nicholas Namespetra — scallops with celery root purée, tapenade and sautéed mushrooms.

The team of student chefs will receive several hours of first-class culinary training again this year in preparation for the competition, which takes place in Toronto from February 24 to 26, 2017.

If you happen to run into any of the winners on campus, be sure to offer a word of congrats! Check out Food Services’ uOcuisine Instagram account to see what culinary adventures the team members get up to in the coming weeks.

Bowls containing a variety of ingredients, including cauliflower, different kinds of mushrooms and olives, celery root, gherkins and garlic

The ingredients provided to each team.

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