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Malone University students participate in Platinum Chef cooking competition

April 5, 2013 | Release # 6596


Malone University students employed by AVI Fresh (the university's dining services provider) will participate in the Platinum Chef contest on Wednesday, April 10.

Participating student chefs are:

  • Brooke Gifford, a junior social work major from Doylestown
  • Amber Benson, a sophomore middle childhood education major from Louisville
  • Hillary Danko, a junior intervention specialist-education major from Doylestown
  • Taylor Burnham,a sophomore communication arts major from North East, Penn.
  • Mitch Fehrman, a senior political science major from Coshocton.

The team was selected as the winner of a campus competition before advancing to the intercollegiate "cook-off" against the University of Mount Union, Tiffin University, Kenyon College, and Hiram College. The Malone team will travel to Kenyon College to compete in the third annual Ohio Platinum Chef Contest on April 10. Guest chef is Steve Schimoler, chef and owner of the Crop Bistro in Cleveland. First prize for the winning team is $300 per student and a runner up prize of $200 per student. The winning team will also take home and display the Machea Trophy which was designed in honor of the late Nick Machea, a Sous Chef at the University of Mount Union.

The Platinum Chef Contest is a student special event designed as a cooking competition to promote creativity, team work, and an overall good time. This was Malone's fourth annual competition, held on campus the week after spring break. This year, three teams of five students competed in the Hoover Dining Commons. Each team created three courses from a select pantry of food items that included two mystery ingredients. This year's mystery ingredients were Aki (Sushi grade tuna) and Miso paste. The teams then presented their courses to a panel of five judges who judged their culinary creations on creativity, taste, presentation, sanitation, and team work.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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