AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title Iron Chef Competition
Project type(s) Fundraiser,Social Event
Date completed 06/26/2006
Chapter Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health
Project Coordinator Jon Mendelsohn
Summary of project To celebrate Cardiovascular Health week, AMSA sponsored an Iron Chef competition dinner at a local restaurant in Beer Sheva to match the cooking skills between American students, Israeli students, and faculty. Each team of two participants were given the secret ingredient of Chick Peas the night before, planned their meals, and came to the restaurant prepared to cook an appetizer, main course, and dessert - all based on Chick Peas. 60 guests attended the event, which included a Talent Show with singing, jokes, and comedy skits. With an open air kitchen in the dining hall, guests had the opportunity to observe the cooks in action. Our roaming Master of Ceremonies, complete with microphone in hand, gave the crowd constant updates from behind the counter. The restaurant served a fine meal for the guests, with AMSA sponsoring a wine and beer bar. The final dishes from the participants featured Chick Pea Falafel, Chick Pea Salad, and Chick Pea Cake. The dishes were judged on criteria that included taste, presentation, texture, color, use of ingredients, and overall health of the dish. With the scores tallied, the crowd waited in anticipation: the American duo came away with the win!

Content area Fundraising
Number of participants 60
Participant hours involved 180 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $300
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Emails, posters in the hallways, announcements in class. Yes, ticket sales were successful, but the event was held too close to exams and the end of the school year.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions Start marketing earlier, and have a beer/wine bar. Most of the money was made this way. Find a restaurant that has an open air kitchen so people can watch the chef's cook since it is more exciting. The talent show was a good development this year that provided entertainment during a lull in the cooking.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments This is a very popular and exciting event. Start organizing early. Get in contact with a local restaurant and explain what you want to do, and that it will bring in many people. Make sure the kitchen is open air and can be seen from the dining hall. Rent a microphone! It was helpful for the MC to be heard throughout the night with interviews of the cooks and guests. Wine and beer bar - great money maker!