From pickles, popcorn and powder candy comes ‘Teen Iron Chef’

news@lakewyliepilot.comMay 19, 2013 

— And the next Lake Wylie Teen Iron Chef is ... Greyson Floyd.

On May 14, the Lake Wylie Public Library hosted Teen Iron Chef where 14 Lake Wylie teens competed for the title.

“I like to look at what other libraries around the state and country are doing as their community events,” organizer Bethany Fetzer said. “We saw this idea and massaged it to fit our facilities.”

Participants competed in three categories: appetizer, entree and dessert with each category having a secret ingredient – sweet pickles, popcorn, Pixy Stix, respectively. Each contestant had six minutes to create his or her dish and had to use the secret ingredient as the dish’s focus. Judging by Fetzer was based on creativity, presentation and cleanliness.

“It was so hard to choose a winner,” Fetzer said. “We have a very creative bunch of young men and women. What struck me about Greyson’s dishes was the creativity he used with the ingredients and presentation.

“The dishes were very different,” she said. “I like it when kids use their imagination.”

Greyson said he learned his skills from his grandmother and likes to cook at home.

“I don’t really have a favorite dish,” Greyson said, “but I like cooking with bacon and chocolate.

“However, the last meal I made at home was burritos.”

Greyson, a homeschooled ninth-grader is still exploring his career options, but culinary arts hasn’t been ruled out.

Along with the Iron Chef title and bragging rights, Greyson won a Starbucks gift card.

Lake Wylie Library has a lot going with summer reading programs and more.

“Keep your eye out for ‘Sharks’ in June,” Fetzer said. “We’ll move from chefs to inventors next month.”

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