Seeing as we had everyone together for the first time in over a year, we decided to have our traditional "Iron Chef Amarcuma" competition over the break. Based on the show Iron Chef America, we split up into two teams and had an hour to prepare and plate four dishes for the judges, all containing one secret ingredient...apples. My father-in-law has been the reigning Iron Chef since the traditions' birth, and this time I was asked to be the challenger chef. For my team Andrew, McKenzie, and Justin were chosen. Oh yes, Steve and I competed on separate teams. The competition was intense! I was seriously restless the night before tossing and turning, stressing over the event. It was a big deal. The kitchen was buzzing like crazy and in the end my team won by a hair with a pear apple and fennel salad, pork tenderloin with golden applesauce, honey mustard chicken and apples, and a french apple tart. I was so proud of my us! Say hello to the new, iron chef.