CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Education and the New Hampshire Army National Guard are teaming up to host the 2019 Chopped Challenge, a cooking competition in the style of “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America,” among six New Hampshire high schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
The event will take place at Salem High School at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20 (with a snow date of Nov. 21).
Culinary arts programs from the Manchester School of Technology, Pinkerton Academy in Derry, Alvirne High School in Hudson, Nashua High School, Milford High School and Salem High School will be participating.
Teams of three culinary students will be paired with an administrator from their respective schools and a New Hampshire Army National Guardsman.
The teams will be tasked with writing a menu in 15 minutes and creating, in an hour, four plates for judging that they will create from three different MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) supplied to them the day of the contest.
Students will not know which MREs are to be used until the start of the competition.
Schools will be given 12 MREs to practice with and get familiar with before the week of the contest.
The Guard will also be unveiling one secret ingredient that will need to be used in the dishes.
Students from each school’s marketing and video production CTE programs will also be competing.For more information, contact David Quimby of the Nashua Technology Center at 966-2469 or email@example.com, or contact Sgt. Zerk-Eli Manner of the National Guard at 491-0149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.