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Chef John Besh to judge Loyola's Iron Chef competition

March 27, 2009

Who has what it takes to be king of the kitchen? Student teams from southeastern Louisiana will return to Loyola University to find out at the 2009 Iron Chef competition on Thursday, April 2. The free event is open to the public and presented by the Loyola Asian Student Organization.

Celebrity chef John Besh will return for a second year as a guest judge for the competition, which will be held at 7 p.m., in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room, on Loyola’s main campus. Besh, owner of Restaurant August in New Orleans, is a past Food Network Iron Chef competitor and winner of the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast. Besh and Loyola’s Executive Chef Marc Main will decide whose cuisine reigns supreme and award the coveted trophy.

Competitors this year include teams from the Loyola Black Student Union, LASO, Loyola Muslim Student Association and Asian organizations from Tulane, Xavier and LSU. Representatives from the Vietnamese-American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans will also compete for the Iron Chef title.

The event will also feature a silent auction and culinary offerings for purchase from HipStix, La Thai, Dong Phuong, China Ruby, 5 Happiness and Mikimoto Sushi. Proceeds raised during the evening will be donated to LASO’s spotlight charity, VietHope. VietHope supports programs and projects that promote the education of Vietnamese children.

“Iron Chef is going to be bigger and badder this year,” said Carolyn Nguyen, LASO co-president. “We’re really excited that we have teams from LSU as well as VAYLA participating. The St. Charles Room will definitely be packed this year with more people, more food and more fun!”

For more information on Iron Chef 2009, contact LASO co-presidents Carolyn Nguyen at 985-381-4709 or ctnguyen@loyno.edu; or Chris Alcazar at 504-939-9395 or adobonkanin@gmail.com.

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