News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

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.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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