The Iron Chef competition is a project of Vermont Food Education Every Day, or VTFEED, a statewide nonprofit that works to link schools and local farms. The kids from Twin Valley Middle School in Whittingham were vying for the chance to send three budding chefs to represent their school at the statewide competition in Essex Junction, said the Brattleboro Reformer. The kids had 90 minutes to prepare a meal, which was judged on nutrition, taste, appearance, creativity, and kid-friendliness. Twin Valley took home first prize last year. “When we started this, no one liked turnips, but now they’re OK,” said Lonny Paige, food service manager. “They might need a little ketchup, but they’re OK. We’re getting kids to appreciate food and open their palates.” Who knows. Maybe there’s a Rachael Ray in the making. Stay tuned.