Culinary Nutrition Team Is Smokin’A team of culinary nutrition students won first place and a $5,000 prize at the 2008 Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition held in March in Seattle, Wash.Seniors Matthew Pratta, Leah Brickley and Theodora Kaloudis, along with graduate student, Andrew Schmitt ’07, had to develop, package and prepare a frozen retail product for this year’s theme, Northwest Pacific Cuisine. Their winning entry, “Smokin’ Cod,” included Walla Walla Glazed Pacific Cod with Smoked Tomato Succotash.Students competed against other colleges from around the country. Lynn Tripp, associate professor of food science in the College of Culinary Arts, was advisor and team coach. The team contributed $1,000 to the Food Science Club. Travel Guide Gets Official LaunchThe Rhode Island Division of Tourism kicked off the summer season by unveiling its new “2008 Official Rhode Island Travel Guide” at the Culinary Arts Museum on the Harborside Campusin March.“Tourism is an important part of our state’s economic engine. In fact, one out of every 10 Rhode Islanders works in the tourism and hospitality industry,” Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri told the gathering that included Saul Kaplan, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.The state’s culinary assets are among the focal points of a year-round marketing effort by the agency. Published annually, the guide offers an abundance of information about the state’s seven tourism regions.Steven Shipley ’85, ’05 M.A.T., director of development and alumni relations for the Providence Campus, drew chuckles from the crowd as he pointed out the foods that are unique to “Little Rhody” including grinders, hot wieners, clamcakes, Rhode Island-style chowder, coffee milk and coffee cabinets. He noted that many JWU grads have stayed in the state to work or open their own restaurants once they received their degrees.“When you combine our exceptional natural and cultural attractions with our top-notch culinary offerings, I think we’ve got just what visitors are looking for,” said David DePetrillo, director of the tourism division.
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- Pres. Irving Schneider, Ph.D.