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Team Malone University wins Platinum Chef Ohio – intercollegiate cooking competition

April 23, 2013 | Release # 6596A

Team Malone University students employed by AVI Fresh were the first place winners in the recent intercollegiate Platinum Chef Ohio contest held April 10 at Kenyon College.



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 winning team prepared an appetizer of grilled fennel and raddicchio slaw with roasted red peppers and corn in a bacon vinaigrette topped with a seared scallop. The entree was Red Quinoa and wild mushroom topped with grilled tuna and pan roasted fennel, and acorn squash.

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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