Stressful times and tasty meals were in abundance at this year’s Iron Chef competition. The camp-out was held at the usual place in Blue Springs, Missouri, called Mud Mountain. As you can probably figure out from the name, this place has sort of a mini mountain, basically a big muddy hill when it’s raining or a big dirt hill when it’s dry. The Scouts have lots of fun climbing up the “mountain”.
The Iron Chef camp-out is our take on the Iron Chef TV show, and this is how it works. You have three judges who judge each meal you cook for them (breakfast, lunch and dinner) according to the creativity of the dish, your participation in making the meal, and of course how it tastes. Whoever has the most points at the end of all three meals wins the competition. All four patrols participated in each meal.
First meal to be judged was breakfast. The Ravens made an egg, sausage, cheese, hash browns and veggie casserole, the Knights made cinnamon roll pancakes, the Honey Badgers made a bacon, egg and cheese omelette, and the Avengers made egg and sausage English muffin sandwiches. There had been a miscommunication with the Honey Badgers’ grub-master, unfortunately, and they did not have anything to make for this meal at first. Mr. McBee had to go to the store for them and buy something quick. This resulted in the Honey Badgers coming in last for this meal. The Ravens got first place with their breakfast casserole.
Next up, lunch. The Ravens made pork/onion/bell pepper/pineapple shish kabobs. The Knights made steak fajitas. The Honey Badgers made spiral pasta w/cheese, and the Avengers made sausage and rice w/cornbread and Oreo cookies. The winner of this competition was the Knights.
Last but certainly not least, the dinner cook-off! The Ravens made grilled steak w/baked potato and mixed vegetables. The Knights made shrimp w/red potatoes and corn on the cob. The Honey Badgers made beef curry w/rice and the Avengers made chicken and dumplings. The Honey Badgers took first place with their Indian curry dish.
After dinner and clean-up were done, it was time to announce who had won the overall competition. Everyone gathered around the campfire to await the judges’ decisions. After a long suspenseful pause, they declared the Ravens as the victors!
Sunday morning as we took down our campsite, the Old Dogs were kind enough to make doughnuts for us. It was probably the highlight of the camp-out! Then we all loaded up and headed home. Iron Chef 2015 was indeed a fun camp-out!