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UA students win first in carving competition

11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of The University of Akron
HOLLAND, Mich. — University of Akron (UA) hospitality management students carved their way to three first-place finishes at the National Collegiate Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition Oct. 5-6.

The team, comprised of members Mary King, a hospitality management alumna working toward a bachelor of organizational supervision; Jennifer Bogart, a hospitality management student; and Tori Cunningham, an Akron Early College High School student, took first place in the competition’s “overall” category with a winning “Day in the Forest” sculpture.

The piece contains carvings of animals, a jungle, sea, sky and sunburst from melons, zucchini, radishes, turnips, beets and several other vegetables. It is shown at right top.

The team took another first in the “compulsory” category with its UA-engraved melon.

King also took first place in the “individual” competition category with her classical floral sculpture using a stacked arrangement of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, shown at right bottom.

The team was lead by Chef Richard Alford, associate professor emeritus of hospitality management, who placed fifth in the “professional” category with his “For the Birds” carving.

UA’s student vegetable carvers made appearances and offered demonstrations at the I-X Center’s Trick-or-Treat event in October and also will demonstrate their talents at the Graduate Chef Dinner at UA’s Crystal Room Restaurant Nov. 8.

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