By Adam Koob
Photo by Marcus Frazier
The Natchez Democrat
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007
"NATCHEZ — The food was flying at Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s fifth annual Iron Teams competition. The Iron Teams contest is based on the popular television show “Iron Chef.” On “Iron Chef,” two chefs have a timed cook-off, and all their dishes must include a secret ingredient they receive just before the show begins. Co-Lin’s competition was held in an auditorium made to look like the set of Iron Chef.
.. Alan Edmonds stepped in as guest chef. Edmonds has worked as a chef on what he called high end cruise lines. Chef Lanny Brasher, Edmonds’ competitor, has been executive chef at Monmouth Plantation for 13 years. Both chefs had two student assistants who are enrolled in Co-Lin’s Hospitality-Tourism Management Technology Program.
Once the saucepans were heated and the secret ingredients were revealed, the competition was on. … Tilapia, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts were the secret ingredients to be used in each dish. … And when it was all over, Lanny Brasher was the winner. His dish, a pan-seared Tilapia with a mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes ragout, accompanied by a minted-zucchini, was favored by the judges. “Things went smoothly, and I felt pretty good in there,” Brasher said. "