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Illinois hosts IFTSA Midwest Area Competition
The University of Illinois had the pleasure of being host to four other university’s Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) groups during the Midwest Area College Bowl held recently. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Sarah Scholl, a University of Illinois Ph.D. student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, served on the IFTSA Board of Directors as the Midwest Area Representative. She was responsible for coordinating a weekend of festivities, including the College Bowl.
More than 50 students were in attendance from Ohio State, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and University of Tennessee. On Friday, April 19, the event kicked-off with a friendly ‘Chopped’ competition, where teams of students created dishes with a specific set of ingredients. Judges, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee (FSHN Associate Professor), Terri Cummings (FSHN Director of Student Services), and Carter Phillips (Head Chef of Bevier Café) tasted all the dishes and declared the winner based on taste, creativity, and originality. The following day was full of local Champaign-Urbana food. The morning started at Prairie Fruits Farm with a delicious breakfast on the farm. Students had time to shop from the local farmers present and see the goats on property. Back on campus, Bart Basi, from Cheese and Crackers in Champaign, led a cheese tasting and lecture. Lunch was catered by Maize, a local Mexican restaurant located in Champaign, where Guy Fieri from Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives” tried his first corn mushroom earlier this year.
After fueling up, students were eager to start the 2013 IFTSA Midwest Area Competition hosted in the College of ACES Library. Moderator Rod Stoll (VP of Public Relations at Farm Credit Services of Illinois and ACES alumnus) and judges Dr. Aaron Uesugi (Senior Scientist at Kraft), Yvonne Stuchell (Senior Research Food Scientist at ADM), and Dr. Ramesh Yettella (Scientist at the Institute of Food Safety and Health) oversaw the competition. In the end, Purdue University defeated University of Tennessee in a hard fought battle. We wish the Boilermakers the best as they represent the Midwest Region at the National Competition in Chicago!