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Miami Chef competition goes international


Staff members from dining halls across Miami University's campus become competitors over spring break during the third bi-annual Miami Chef competition to be held Wednesday, March 7, at Shriver Center.

Sponsored by the department of housing, dining, recreation and business services, the competition pits teams against each other vying for the top spot by preparing dishes using a secret ingredient.

“We have changed it up a bit (this year) with the teams required to plan and prepare an international entrée as part of the competition,” said Marijo Nootz, senior director of Shriver Center.

Each team must prepare three dishes: an entrée with a side dish; a salad, soup or dessert dish; and a signature dish. This year, the signature dish must be native to the country designated to each team. The countries, which include Kenya, South Korea, China, Germany, India and Nepal, represent some of Miami’s largest international student populations on campus, Nootz explained.

A secret ingredient will be revealed at the competition and must be incorporated into all dishes except for each signature dish. Teams will have 90 minutes to complete their dishes. Various food items and equipment will be provided for the 38 participants. During the contest, teams cannot use outside help of any kind, including cell phones and scrap paper.

Teams will be judged on their use of the mystery ingredient, quality and taste of their dishes, cohesion of the team and of their dishes, aesthetic display and creativity, utilization of ingredients with minimal waste, and sanitation/safety skills.

Teams include staff from Harris, Martin and Erickson East Quad dining halls. Another team will be a combination of staff from Hamilton and Alexander dining halls. Staff from Bell Tower Place, The Marcum, and the Shriver Center will also be competing. While the event is high pressure creative cooking, the team members have a great time together.

The contest’s judges include Ginny Thiell, Marcum Conference Center executive chef, Jim Simpson, director of Miami’s bookstore, and Katie Wilson, Miami’s senior director of student engagement. Hosts for the event are Jennifer Baker Williams, staff development specialist with housing, dining, recreation and business services, and Frank Page, Marcum Center chef.


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