Boiler Culinary Throwdown on March 29 at Purdue Memorial Union

March 24, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boiler Culinary Throwdown student competition, featuring chef Katie Payne, will be Saturday (March 29) at the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.

Based on the "Iron Chef" competitions, the event is sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board. It begins at noon and is open to the public. Attendees are asked to donate canned food items for Food Finders Food Bank.

The competition will consist of five teams that have 90 minutes to prepare a three-course meal for a panel of judges. Judging will be based on presentation and appearance, taste, effective use of a "secret ingredient," techniques, teamwork and originality.

Other features include decorating your own chef hat, cookie decorating; mini competitions such as "Minute to Win it;" and guessing games such as "Guess the Pasta" and "Guess the Spices." All the guessing games and mini competitions will have prizes. Payne will give a brief presentation at the end of the competition.

Payne also will give a cooking demonstration from 2:30-3:20 p.m. on Friday (March 28) in Marriot Hall, Room 146. She will present international cuisine with a southern flare. Payne is a chef instructor at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies. She teaches international cuisine and basic culinary theory and lab. A graduate of NCHS, she competed on the center's culinary competition team and won a bronze medal in a hot-food contest. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Source: Leeane Chen, director of fine arts, Purdue Student Union Board,

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