Come check out the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Iron Chef Challenge this Saturday! Read on for the official press release.
Saratoga Farmers’ Market to hold Iron Chef Challenge between Chefs Max
London and John Ireland on Saturday, October 6th
Vegan and meat-centered dishes, as well as optional “chef’s choice”
presentation, will highlight locally-produced market ingredients in
fifth annual contest
(Saratoga Springs, NY) – Two of Saratoga’s favorite chefs, Max London
of Max London’s and John Ireland of Panza’s, will face off in the
Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s fifth annual Iron Chef Challenge on
Saturday, October 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at High Rock Park.
Recognizing the diverse culinary preferences of its customers, the
market this year is asking the chefs to develop separate meat-centered
and vegan plates, and an optional third plate of their own creation.
Max London won the competition previously in both 2011 and 2010.
“Since our market’s first Iron Chef Challenge in 2008, this has become
a favorite annual event among our market customers. It’s inspiring for
home cooks to see what our area’s talented chefs can create with
autumn’s fresh, local ingredients,” notes Jeff Bowers, President of
Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association.
The competition will be held on the south lawn of the market, adjacent
to the large public parking lot on High Rock Avenue. Spectators are
welcome to watch any portion of the event, free of charge. The chefs
are allowed to bring butter, flour, oil, salt, pepper, three other
ingredients of their choice, and cooking utensils. The cooking
equipment will be provided by Adirondack Appliance.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m., each chef will receive a basket of several
“mystery ingredients” from the farmers’ market and $30 to buy
additional market items of his choice during a brief shopping period.
Then, each chef will have one hour of cooking time.
The master of ceremonies for the event will be Dave Pedinotti, chef
and owner of Mouzon House. Judges for the competition will be:
– Arielle Landsberg, president of Slow Food Saratoga Region
– Ashley Dingeman, food blogger (saratogafoodfanatic.com);
– Daniel Berman, food blogger (fussylittleblog.com).
Presentation and judging will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.
Judging will be based on criteria including taste, presentation, and
originality. The winner will be announced shortly before 11:30.
“Our market places an emphasis on helping consumers create fresh,
healthy meals from farm-fresh ingredients from this region. We hope
this competition might inspire some friendly competitions among
families or neighbors, ” notes Market Coordinator and event organizer
Background on Saratoga Farmers’ Market
Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association runs three outdoor markets in
Saratoga County: Saratoga Farmers’ Market at High Rock Park
(Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.);
Clifton Park Farmers’ Market at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 912
Route 146 (Thursdays from 2-5 p.m.); and Malta Farmers’ Market on the
lawn of Malta Community Center at the corner of Route 9 and Bayberry
Drive (Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.).
All three outdoor markets will be open through the end of October,
after which the Saratoga Springs market moves indoors to Division
Street Elementary School (220 Division Street) for its Saturday market
(9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for November through April.
The association’s “producer-only” standard for all its markets
requires all vendors to grow or produce their goods in Saratoga,
Schenectady, Rensselaer, or Washington counties and ensures that
products are fresh and unique, not purchased for re-sale. In this way,
sales provide economic, ecological, and social support to local
More information about the markets is available at