Mini Iron Chef Comes to Pennsylvania

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The Omni Bedford Springs is putting youngsters’ cooking skills to the test to recreate their kids’ menu

Mini Iron Chef

Kids’ menus can be pretty limited. But one resort is getting a little more creative than just chicken fingers and mini-mac-and-cheeses by putting together their new and improved kids’ menu. On March 27, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Pennsylvania will host 20 elementary school children for what they’re calling "Mini Iron Chef."

The kids will meet in executive chef David Noto’s kitchen for a day of cooking lessons and will give feedback on the resort’s current kid-friendly offerings. They’ll split up into small teams that will learn to develop recipes, cook dishes, and assemble them on the plate. Then, they will submit their kid-cooked and approved dishes before a panel of judges who will select the winning team. Over the course of the day, these mini Iron Chefs will give the resort’s chef some much needed feedback on what they’d like to see on the kids’ menu. Last year’s winning dish was Hawaiian Pineapple Toast.

The culinary-focused hotel regularly hosts cooking classes, chef’s table events, afternoon teas, and organizes days of wine tasting in the region for guests year-round.