Student creation wins prize for team of five in Iowa Beef Industry Council Competition
A new take on a classic dish proved to be a winner for a Culinary Arts student team from Kirkwood Community College. The five students bested their competitors in the annual cook-off competition held April 8 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville.
The students won the Best Beef Appetizer category with their “Deconstructed Philly Cheesteak” creation. In addition to accolades, the students earned a $500 prize that will support field trips and other learning experiences in their Kirkwood program.
The Kirkwood students competed against teams from Des Moines Area, Iowa Central, Scott Community and Indian Hills community colleges. The yearly contest was co-sponsored by Reinhardt Foodservice and the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
“This was our first year entering the Iowa Beef competition so we are extremely proud of what they accomplished,” remarked Kirkwood Culinary Arts Instructor Melanie Ewalt.