Kimberly Hamilton and Emily Embury of the Shakers and Bakers hold their winnings. Lyndsay Brown

Kimberly Hamilton and Emily Embury of the Shakers and Bakers hold their winnings. Lyndsay Brown

In a spinoff of the popular Food Network show Iron Chef, Laurier Brantford students cooked against the clock on Friday night to showcase their secret culinary skills.

Eight teams (Bitchin’ Kitchen, Sheridan Shack, Creped Crusaders, Angels in Aprons, The Shakers and Bakers, Sweet & Spicy Girls, Jalapeno Hotties, and Meat Cleavers) met in the multi-purpose room of the Student Centre at 6 p.m. for a three-hour battle royale using the secret ingredients of apples, pork chops, bacon, and chocolate to craft a winning appetizer, main course, and dessert. On the line was a $200 credit for the Famer’s Market for the winning dish, followed by $60 and $40 to spend at Freshco for second and third place, respectively.

“Our main goal is to have students walk away with a real joy in cooking and building communication, having a good time, and eating healthy,” said Zack Peats-Bond, Special Events & Sport Club Coordinator for Laurier Atheltics and Recreation, who hosted the event.

The eight teams separated for three hours to cook meals using the secret ingredients in their own kitchens, returning to have their food judged by Laurier’s food connoisseurs Lynne Gulliver, Corey Way, Bryanne Roberts, and Lindsey Miller.

The Farmer’s Market contributed many of the ingredients for the event and ultimately led to Iron Chef’s success, in which it saw quadruple the amount of participation compared to last year.

After three hours of competitive cooking, the Shakers and Bakers, consisting of Kimberly Hamilton and Emily Embury, came out of the competition on top.