Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Iron Chef Pecan Is This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Sahuarita High School's culinary arts program is holding a cooking competition this Saturday called Iron Chef Pecan. The event pairs students with area chefs to see which team can make the best pecan-themed appetizer and dessert.

I was a judge at a smaller version of this event last year, and the student chefs at Sahuarita High School are a force to be reckoned with. I was most impressed with one student's pork-rind-crusted chicken fingers, which pretty much stole the show from most of the other entries.

Plus, the kids wear their awesome chef suits and have a lot of fun at these events, and the money made goes to culinary arts scholarships. The event takes place at the Quail Creek Clubhouse, and tickets are $20. You really should go. I'll post the press release after the jump.

SAHUARITA, Ariz. — Are you ready for the thrills and spills of Southern Arizona’s very own cooking competition? With just under 3 weeks left until event day, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival has teamed up with local chefs, Sahuarita High School’s Culinary Arts Program and the Quail Creek community for the 3rd Annual Pecan Festival Culinary Arts Scholarship Competition.

The contest, “Iron Chef: Pecan,” will be this Saturday, October 29th from 5pm — 9pm at the Quail Creek Clubhouse. Tickets are on sale now for $20 and can be purchased by contacting Elizabeth Gallagher, Sahuarita High School Culinary Arts Instructor, at or at Quail Creek’s main office, the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and Creative Edges Custom Framing.

The “Iron Chef: Pecan” competition will feature teams of Sahuarita High School Culinary Arts students paired with renowned chefs from across the Santa Cruz River Valley going head to head competing for the titles of best pecan appetizer and best pecan dessert creation. Our volunteer culinary stars include Chef Christopher Floyd of Quail Creek, Chef Rodney Timm of La Posada, Chef Tara Westin of La Posada and Chef Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic Catering.

And the best part? The audience gets to taste and judge these exquisite creations!

The Culinary Arts Scholarship Competition will also showcase live entertainment and a complimentary wine tasting provided by One Hope Wines of Young’s Market. One Hope Wines donates 50% of all profits to various charities based on the bottle purchased.

The 3rd Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Green Valley Pecan, 1625 E. Sahuarita Road. It will feature the popular Sahuarita Pecan Classic and Nut Run, foods, arts and crafts from the Santa Cruz River Valley and surrounding areas, great music, dancing and family-friendly activities.

For the latest updates, please visit the official Festival sites at:



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