Iron Chef Junior cookoff April 8

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Twelve students will test their culinary skills in the first annual Iron Chef Junior competition on April 8 in the Walpole High School cafeteria. The middle and high school students will team with local chefs and have 90 minutes to create a complete meal — including dessert — that incorporates a “secret” ingredient, according to Maria Hall, who is in charge of nutrition for the public schools. “We’ve told them it will be either beans, sweet potatoes, corn, or tomato, but no one knows which one,” Hall said. While the students cook — and before they’re judged by a panel of local experts — local businesses and organizations will man tables at a Wellness Expo, Hall said. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is sponsored by the town Board of Health, Let’s Move Committee, and public school’s nutrition and food services. Tickets are $5 per individual or $20 per family, with the proceeds going to wellness initiatives in Walpole, Hall said.

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