Iron Chef is West Coast Area’s annual Halloween-themed outdoor cooking competition for Pathfinders, Rangers and adults. The 1st Burnaby Lakes Pathfinders have been attending the competition for the past five years and every year they have a blast! The girls work in teams to prepare a three-course meal (appetizer, main dish and dessert) – and it’s hands-off for their Guiders. The ingredients are selected like a hockey draft and then the teams get cooking. The girls really get to stretch their creativity and work on team building and outdoor cooking skills. Each team also brings in donations for a local food bank so we’re having fun and participating in community service.
We always enjoy the different themes and the “special ingredients” that each dish has incorporated into it. This year’s event was pirate themed and the special ingredient was an “ARRRR” item (red bean, ricotta, etc.).
Here’s what the Pathfinders had to say about the event:
“It was pretty hectic at some points in time! We had a lot of fun, even though our team didn’t win.” – Sarah
“We got to make such cool creations and you are always thinking on your feet. Coming up with new ideas for cooking dishes out of the food you get. Sometimes it’s a fail, but it’s super fun anyways. I can’t wait to do it again next year!” – Holly
“I had a great time at the Iron Chef competition. This was my first time at an event like this, so I didn’t know what to expect. In the end I had an amazing time and made delicious and healthy meals. I would definitely recommend this event to all my friends from school and from my other extra-curricular activities.” – Matina
“What a great experience! I got to learn with other people and how to work as a team! I also made new friends with other Pathfinders from different units! I loved the experience!!” – Bianca
Guest post by Courtney Eastman and Heather Reandy, Guiders with the 1st Burnaby Lakes Pathfinders who both started Guiding when they were six years old and have never stopped! They are dedicated volunteers who also work with a Sparks unit. They are very enthusiastic when it comes to camping and the outdoors, spending as much time as possible with their units in nature.