Now here’s an idea (one that I’ve dreamed about a number of times): a vegetarian Iron Chef competition. While it’s not officially an “Iron Chef” battle, the spirit’s there: one-on-one competition with just veggies between the chefs and victory. Sounds like the event, which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, went well:
“The idea came about because people who are vegetarian typically have a hard time finding new dishes,” [event organizer Matt] Cheney said. “They often cook their own food, and take pride in their cooking. Everyone gets excited about having some really good tasting vegetarian food.”
The event was sponsored by the Campus Vegetarian Society and co-sponsored by Students Improving the Lives of Animals and the Student Dietetic Association. They plan to release a DVD of the event later in the year.