Iron Chef 2010
Abigail R. Hamilton, MD


Dr. Vrahas again hosted the popular Iron Chef event at his home on June 12th. Competitors included Dr. Mark Vrahas, Dr. Michael Weaver, Dr. Olivia Pate, and for his last hurrah, Dr. John Abraham. Notable sous chefs included prior Champion Dr. Kevin Riche who assisted with Dr. Vrahas' New Orleans comfort food theme, the mashed potato queen Dr. Cheri Weaver, and Olivia's secret weapon, her Mom. The ingredients this year were lamb, tomato, and fresh-caught fish from the Boston Harbor. The competitors were given free access to Dr. Gregory Brick's boat and fishing guide to catch our dinner the day before, returning with an impressive haul of fresh cod. After much sweating over stoves and outdoor deep fryers, the dishes were served with an introduction by each chef. Dream Weaver's team won accolades for both the best lamb dish and best tomato dish, serving a slow-roasted lamb shoulder over mashed potatoes with a mint-caper sauce and fried green tomatoes with a spicy remoulade. Olivia and family produced the winning fish dish with an Asian-inspired sake miso cod fish taco with napa slaw, wasabi cream, and soy syrup. The overall points winner and this year's Iron Chef Award went to the up and coming new traumateer Olivia Pate.

The dessert competition continued this year with entries from Dr. Springfield's wife, returning champion Dr. Nikki Fetter and this year's winners, Dr. Mike Banffy's and Dr. Brett Shore's wives (Emily and Amy) who made chocolate cupcakes with a delightfully sugar-overloaded frosting. The true winners were the residents and attendings who gathered to enjoy this yearly tradition because, as Dr. Mitch Harris stated upon departure, "It's not the winning that's important, it’s the culinary journey that counts."

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