Iron Chef is always a big success in our department. This time, Ramen was the secret ingredient. Teams had to make an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, and each dish had to include Ramen. After the teams had created their dishes, staff members tasted the dishes and choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There was much anticipation as the judges decided; the teens plastered themselves to the windows trying to see who was going to win. Then the winners were announced, and everyone ate.
This is a particularly good activity if you find that you have accumulated a lot of random food items, and you are not entirely sure what to do with these food items. It is also a great activity to have near the beginning of the school year, so that the new teens in the department have a memorable and fun experience in your department. We always have a cutting station, and only one person is allowed to cut at a time (the knife is not very large or sharp). It is also a good idea to allow extra time for cleanup, in case you need to scrape the peanut butter and chocolate off the tables. I strongly recommend you try this program; it appeals to a wide range of teens and promotes teamwork 🙂