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1st Annual UNH Healthy Chef Competition

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Get ready for the healthy cook-off.

UNH dining is hosting its first Iron Chef-style competition using foods whose nutritional values have earned them a gold star—or two or three. The Guiding Stars program, which awards foods up to three stars based on FDA and USDA recommendations, is sponsoring the latest cooking contest that will take place Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in Holloway Commons.

In the style of the culinary game shows, three teams of students will face off against each other to see who can create the tastiest nutritious meal using ingredients that meet the Guiding Stars criteria.

Students will have one hour to come up with their menu. Cooking begins at 5 p.m. 

The winning dish will be placed on dining hall menus the week of Oct. 17.

“UNH Dining is excited to be holding its first annual UNH healthy chef event,” says Jon Plodzik, director of Dining. “This is a great way for us to promote the healthy choices we provide and to highlight the creativity of our culinary program.”

Cooking teams include Erica Tamposi and Sam Coyne,  Keisha Warriner and Anne Murphy, and Elisa Lindgren and Matthew Birkebek. Judging the competition will be Plodzik, Ralph Coughenour, director of culinary services, a representative of student government and chef Erin Dow of Guiding Stars.

The public is welcome. Dinner will be offered for a special rate of $9.

For more information on Dining Services visit http://www.unh.edu/dining/.