Blouw, Gibson cook off


The gloves were off and the aprons were on Tuesday afternoon, when president of Wilfrid Laurier University Max Blouw took on Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union president Nick Gibson for an iron-chef battle royal at the Fresh Food Company.

Each chef prepared a signature dish, aided by a dining hall employee. The two cooked away from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., when a winner was announced.

The two chefs fought for the title of top chef and for a spot on the “Colander Cup” a trophy new to this year. Gibson was victorious against the university’s president.

Blouw prepared a dish with sliced French bread, ham, spinach, onion and Fontina cheese. “This is the first year I’ve done it,” said Blouw. “And all the proceeds go to united way.”

The meals cost ten dollars a piece and for every meal served, a dollar went to the United Way. WLU Food Services also promised to donate $500.

Gibson prepared a beef brisket on buns with a sweet potato mash. It was his first year preparing food for the competition as well.

“They approached me to do this, and I was more than happy to,” said Gibson.

David Hutchison, assistant director of food services, stood at the entrance, coaxing students to enter and try one of the delectable dishes. At 3 p.m. the results were in. Gibson took the title and combined the two presidents raised $526 for the United Way.

“The total going to United Way [was] $1,026,” said Hutchison.

United Way is a charity organization that aids in campaigns to isolate and solve local issues, such as poverty. Money raised by United Way is put back into the community where it is involved.

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