Mount Union to Host Ohio Platinum Chef Competition

April 16, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union and AVI Fresh will host the Ohio Platinum Chef Competition on Thursday, April 19 in the University’s Kresge Dining Commons.

During the competition, teams from AVI schools in the Midwest Ohio region will compete for a chance to win $2,500. Competing schools include Hiram College, Kenyon College, Malone University, Tiffin University and Mount Union.

Each team will consist of five students and an AVI Fresh chef advisor from that institution. Teams are required to create three dishes, with each dish showcasing a mystery ingredient. Teams will be judged on their ability to demonstrate teamwork, presentation, flavor, creativity and sanitation skills.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a celebrity chef demo and mystery ingredient reveal featuring Hiroko Shimbo, worldwide-recognized sushi chef, author, media performer and chef instructor. She has worked as a culinary consultant to the PF Chang’s China Bistro group, providing menu development, recipes and training. Shimbo has been featured on Food Network, Roker on the Road, PBS television and radio and many other stations across the country. She will also judge the event.

Entertainment will be provided by local band Hoss Jarmin Band. In addition to the competition, a pie eating contest will take place at 5:45 p.m., followed by a hot dog eating contest at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Danielle Bair, resident director of AVI Fresh, at (330) 823-3148 or

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