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Culinary talents put to the test in cook-off

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COD held a cook-off on March 21 in the cafeteria to put the culinary talents of the college to the test.

Three teams each received five items to prepare then chose from either an appetizer, soup, salad, dessert, or side dish.

None of the contestants knew what the items were until the cook-off began.

The three teams in the cook-off were: staff members, Tim Sweeney and Batoul Zaiter; culinary Students Brian Vincent and Bayani Acuesta; Starbucks and Sodexo workers Elisio Alfaro and Kathy Nikolaou.

Sweeney has been working at the college for eleven years and Zaiter for over six years.

They both currently work in the teaching and learning center.

“We both love cooking all kinds of food and we exchange recipes,” said Zaiter, who is will be earning her Master’s degree in public health from Benedictine University.

“I really enjoy Middle Eastern food, and I love to try new things. When it comes to food, I will try pretty much anything, and I like to try and recreate dishes that I have enjoyed,” Sweeney, who earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Communications Media Studies, said.

The VIP panel of judges included President Dr. Robert L. Breuder; Chris Thielman, Culinary and Hospitality Management program coordinator; Ellen Roberts, director of Business Affairs; a COD student; and a Sodexo district manager.

Scott Wager, WDCB public radio station manager, will be the event’s announcer.

Teams had one hour to prepare the items and they were judged immediately after.

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Rosalie DeAstis

Rosalie DeAstis is a freshman at the college and going for a degree in marketing. She graduated from Addison Trail High School in Addison, Illinois in June 2012. Rosalie was the columnist and Co-features editor of her high school paper during her junior year. Senior year she earned the spot of Managing Editor and remained the columnist as well. She was a cheerleader all through high school but is now just focusing on her two jobs. Aside from her new position on the Courier she has been working for Claire’s/Icing accessory stores for almost two years. Rosalie also enjoys drawing, hot yoga, and spending time with her big, Italian family. features@cod.edu 630-942-2713

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