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VPR Cafe: Cook Offs

Photo: Melissa Pasanen, for the Burlington Free Press

This week, Melissa Pasanen takes us behind the scenes at cooking competitions.  From Junior Iron Chefs to gourmet challenges, cook-offs are fun for the participants and always a treat for the judges.  Melissa has judged many competitions over the years and gives us a taste of what that’s like.

Melissa writes for the Savorevore Section of the Burlington Free Press, where you can read more about Junior Iron Chefs and watch a video of the Capitol Cook-off in Montpelier this past February.

Here is the recipe for "Pretty In Pink Pancakes" from the Junior Iron Chefs competition.  Thanks to Vermont Life Magazine for permission to offer it.

The VPR Cafe is produced in collaboration with The Burlington Free Press.  The program is supported on VPR by the Vermont Community Foundation