By Niesha Lofing
Teenage culinarians take note: you could be the next Iron Chef.
The Elk Grove Library is hosting a cooking competition modeled after the popular Japanese "Iron Chef" show that has launched a popular American offshoot on the Food Network.
The competition, held March 31 at the library, is open to 13 to 18 year old cooks, said Elsie Mak, the branch's librarian.
The library has held food programs for adults before, including strawberry jam making, pickling and raw food programs, but this will be the first food program for teenagers.
"We thought it would be fun and different," Mak said. "It will be fun to see what they'll whip up."
Teen competitors will be given two or three mystery ingredients, plus the food and cooking utensils needed to make simple snacks or desserts, according to a news release from the Sacramento Public Library.
Participants also will learn cooking tips during the competition.
No early registration is needed. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. March 31 at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Boulevard.
For more information, contact the library at (916)264-2700 or the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920.