On Nov. 29, Chartwell’s and Islander Dining Hall hosted their second annual Iron Chef Challenge that was between two new deans at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Dr. David Scott, dean of education and human development, and Dr. Julie Hoff, dean of nursing and health sciences, battled it out to see who would win this year’s Iron Chef challenge in front of Islanders and community.
They had to make dishes that involved a special ingredient. This special ingredient was cans of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken from Izzy’s Food Pantry. If the deans used cream of mushroom, they would receive a bonus point because mushrooms was the food of the month.
“The chef’s looked calm and collected” political science major Angel Cerbantez said. “It was cool to see a chef challenge while I was eating. I didn’t know it was possible for two Deans to make something like they did.”
The dishes cooked were judged by Dr. Don Albrecht, vice president of Student Engagement and Success, Dr. Lisa Perez, assistant vice president of Student Life and director of the University Center and Justin Bustos, president of Student Government Association.
“I was pretty honored that they would select me to be a judge for this event,” Perez said. “Amanda Hall, who trusted us enough to pick us as the judges meant a lot.”
Judges scored the meals that were prepared from taste, creativity, presentation and use of secret ingredient. The two deans were given an hour to prepare this meal and present it to the judges.
Amanda Hall, marketing manager of Chartwells, said bringing two departments together under one roof was a fun way to show students support.
“There are different ways for students to get involved and this is a different way for students to watch and participate,” Perez said. “Our administrators from the different colleges, such as deans, doing real-life things as opposed to just being leaders of their organizations.”
Hoff made chicken Francese and orzo with sautéed onions. The winner, Scott, won over the judges by one point with his Santa Fe Trail Chicken. Scott said his dish was inspired by his time at the University of New Mexico.
Islanders can learn more about different events such as this one by following @IslanderDining on their social media accounts such as twitter, snapchat and Instagram. Islanders can also visit dineoncampus.com/islanderdining for information on hours, menus and even advice on how to prepare healthy meals.