Inaugural Iron Chef Competition Helps Child Development Centre in Smithers

A weekend fundraiser in Smithers raised at least 10 thousand dollars for the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre -- with proceeds still being added up.

The first of what's expected to be an annual Iron Chef Fundraiser was held Saturday -- with over 160 people attending.

Mayor Tayor Bachrach, who got to be one of the judges at the event, says he's not at all surprised at how enthusiastically the community got behind the fundraiser.
"People in Smithers come out and support events like this in droves, I'm not surprised at all -- it's a wonderful event, it's at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge which is a great venue, and Smithers is such a supportive community I think this kind of event always draws a large crowd," he said.

Several Smithers area residents got to show off their culinary skills, using a variety of secret incredients -- including liver -- to come up with various meals and desserts -- and they were judged on the results.

The three teams of chefs came up with a variety of delectable delicacies -- but in the end, First Prize went to "The Spice Girls" -- also known as Fawn Engen and Roni Portsch (pictured below).


"I was a little bit nervous an hour or two before but as soon as you walked into the room you felt people being welcoming and they were enjoying everything so the feedback was great -- I didn't feel nervous at all" said Portsch, adding "the tequila helped too!" 
Two stoves were donated to the event by Barry's Furniture & Appliances -- the former Sears store.