My friend Tennille and I hosted "The Next Iron Chef" for a few of the couples in our neighborhood. What a success! Seriously it was SUCH. A. BLAST. Everyone went all out, it couldn't have gone any better. I hope to give you a few tips and ideas to throw your own!
Lots of preparation went into the night, but it was all so worth it. I've had a lot of people as me the details so they can throw their own party...so here they are!
We passed out invites 2 weeks prior to the event. We wanted everyone to have time to find babysitters (Lots of kiddos in these parts!) and to give them a chance to decide what the heck to cook! As we were passing out the invites, we had each couple draw out of a hat...appetizer, entree, or dessert.
So, if the invite didn't explain it well enough...here it goes. We invited 9 couples total. 3 couples were assigned "Appetizer", and their secret ingredient was Bacon. These are the dishes we ended up with:
|Bacon wrapped Jalepeno Mac and Cheese|
|Bacon wrapped Parmesan|
|Spring rolls with Bacon and Bacon Sweet and Sour dressing|
3 couples were assigned "Entree" with the secret ingredient Cheese...and this is what we got...
|Chicken and Artichoke Lasagne with over 4 kids of cheese|
|Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts in Parmesan Bowls|
And last but not least, 3 couples were assigned "Dessert" with the secret ingredient of strawberry...(Unfortunately only 2 couples came, and I didn't get a picture of the other dessert! Use your imagination for a Frozen Strawberry Heaven with Graham Cracker Crumble!)
|Cheesecake with Strawberry topping and Strawberries on top|
For each category we had a small prize of a whisk, a pasta strainer, and a spatula. Then we had an overall winner! DUN DUN DUN....
CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS IN PARMESAN BOWLS!
They went all out in every single judging category, and deserved the grand prize and title of THE NEXT IRON CHEF! For the grand prize we gave a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a gift card to choose a flavor of their own!
To judge, we printed out scorecards for each individual, even though the couples were cooking together. We wanted them to have their own opinion on the winner.
The scorecards had 4 categories, and that is how we judged each dish. Each category was worth 5 points, making each dish worth 20 points total. At the end we totaled all of the points and decided on a winner for each category, as well as an overall, IRON CHEF!
Now, the really important stuff...We had a projector. Yes, folks, we went all out!
We needed a way to display all of our iron chefs! As people arrived at the party, we had a photo booth set up so they could show their competitors their most intense faces...or silliest...or, well, you will see!
|Me and Hubbs(Entree)|
|My Co-host, Tennille, and Cody(Dessert)|
|Alisha and Jake (Appetizer winners!)|
|Callie and Nate (Appetizer)|
|Crystal and Jeff (Dessert Winners!)|
|Diana and Ben (Entree)|
|THE IRON CHEF'S!!! (Crystal and Jordan, Entree)|
|Cynthia and Kevin (Appetizer)|
I hope this gave you all of the information to throw your own Iron chef party...you won't regret it! Let me know if you have questions!