International cooking competition features cuisine from around the world

November 19 2008

The mixed aromas of food from across the globe filled the lobby of Pickerl Hall during an international cooking competition. Seven teams, each comprised of international students from Indiana State University, prepared traditional dishes representing their unique culture. Students from India, Korea, the Ivory Coast, Taiwan, Greece, Eastern/Central Africa, and Russia took part in the competition.

"This event is meant for people to get to know food from around the world," said Randy Green, associate director of the university's International Affairs Center.

This is the second time in four years this event has taken place.

Before the dishes were brought to Pickerl to be sampled, the teams spent hours preparing the food in the family and consumer sciences department food labs.

Clarissa Tibbs, a sophomore social work major, heard about the event through the My ISU e-mail portal.

"I cannot decide which my favorite dish is, they are all very good" Tibbs said as she looked over the voting checklist. "I am just going to close my eyes and decide that way.\\\"

After everybody got a chance to sample each dish, they were then asked to vote for their favorite by checking off the team name and placing the ballot into a basket. Once every vote was in, it was time to decide a winner.

Korean Food Mania came in first and received a brand new luxury cooking set complete with utensils and all the cooking essentials. In second place was King of Taiwan, which received a smaller cooking set. The third runner up, Sizzling India, received a gift certificate to the Asian Food Market.

The cooking competition was part of International Education Week at ISU.


Contact: Randy Green, Indiana State University, International Affairs, 812-237-2440 or

Writer: Jennifer Spector, Indiana State University, media relations intern, or 812-237-3773

Photo: Members of the King of Taiwan cooking team prepare honey chicken during the International Cooking Competition. (ISU photo/Kara Berchem)

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Students from around the world concocted their favorite recipes during an international cooking competition at Indiana State. The event was part of the university's International Education Week festivities.

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