Boise Contemporary Theater has a lot of irons in the fire this season. In addition to staging six plays, BCT is also hosting the 5x5 Reading Series, the Children’s Reading Series, Theater Lab and now, Iron Chef BCT.
The fundraiser, which was previously held at the Egyptian Theatre, is returning after a three-year break to the BCT stage on Tuesday, March 13. Two full kitchens donated by R.C. Willey will be set up on stage and helmed by chef John Berryhill of Berryhill and Co. and Ada County Paramedics’ Sam Jensen.
“It’s sort of a David and Goliath thing,” explained Helene Peterson, BCT’s managing director. “There’s a local paramedic, Sam Jensen, who has a pretty impressive restaurant resume but he gave it all up to become a paramedic.”
As with the popular TV show, Berryhill and Jensen will have one hour to prepare a number of dishes utilizing a secret ingredient that will be unveiled at the last minute. Their final results will be critiqued by a panel of judges.
“For each dish, the chefs have to plate four plates, so one for each of the judges and then one plate will be auctioned off that night to the audience,” said Peterson.
Doors open for a limited silent auction at 6:30 p.m. and the pans get sizzlin’ at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Iron Chef BCT are $50 each and go on sale to general public on Monday, Feb. 13. You can buy tickets online at bctheater.org or by calling the BCT box office at 208-331-9224, ext. 205.