AHA Iron Chef Cook Off Judging Criteria

Judging Components:

1 – 5 points can be awarded in each of the following components:





Bonus opportunity


Judging Criteria:

Teams will have 40 minutes to complete a dish consisting of:

  • A main dish of either chicken or salmon
  • Salad with dressing made from scratch
  • Some type of appetizer or smoothie

Each team will make one plate to present to all the judges

Must use all ingredients from the mystery grocery bag (at least a portion of)

A salad can be the main if explained during presentation

Must work as a team

Must cooperate with all teams (do not horde pantry items)

Must clean as you go

BONUS opportunity:

  • If the make an app and a smoothie
  • Station is clean
  • Oral presentation is well done (explaining the dish)




Timing and Flow:

6:00 – 6:15     Shane and Jason to begin to warm the room and set the stage for the event

6:15 – 6:55      Cooking!

6:55 – 7:10      Each team presents plate and explains dish to judges

7:10 – 7:15      Judges deliberate

7:20 – 7:25      Judges remarks and comments

7:25                 Winners announced and prizes awarded (4th thru 1st place) & photo ops!

7:30                 Move to main event!


Things to note:

Plate is considered final when station is clean

Make one plate as presentation to judges (save extra for judging tasting if needed) *Judges will taste from the one dish

Team will identify one spokesperson to explain dish to judges.  Items to include in presentation:

  • What did they make
  • How this dish met AHA guidelines
  • What culinary skills/techniques did they use in making the dish
  • What makes their dish unique