BRANDON — Dangle carrots in front of these high school students, and they'll whip up tuna tartare with kimchi.
Student chefs from Durant and Riverview high schools face off Saturday in a creative culinary competition at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium.
Modeled after the popular cooking competition Iron Chef on the Food Network, teams of four students from the schools' culinary programs have two hours to concoct a three-course meal featuring carrots.
A panel of judges will evaluate the appetizers, main courses and desserts based on taste, presentation and use of the theme ingredient. Spectators can pay to sample the dishes and give points for the "people's choice."
The teams advanced from preliminary rounds earlier this month, with Durant besting Tampa Bay Technical on April 14 and Riverview ousting South County Career Center on April 21.
Participants from the final competition receive Rolling Pin gift cards. Winners take home 8-inch chef's knives. The top school's culinary program wins kitchen accessories.
It begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive in Brandon. Admission is free. Tickets to sample and judge dishes are $25.
Stephanie Wang, Times staff writer