Global Chef competition at PSU open to public this year

November 25th, 2013 by Lynn

by Dan Seufert
Union Leader Correspondent

For the first two years of its existence, the Global Chef Competition at Plymouth State University was a small affair, conducted for a few faculty and students in the college’s offices.

This year, student groups have formed by country, and are teaming with a few of the campus’s best Sodexo chefs to run the competition in Prospect Dining Hall on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., feeding 1,100 students on campus, said Lisa M. Ladd, assistant director of PSU’s Global Exchange Office, which runs the competition.

“The first few years the students did the cooking and it got so big we ran out of food,” Ladd said.

“This year we have a tent for each country,” she said, adding that student recipes from their homelands would be “adjusted” to serve many people.

That would be six tents in total, with student chefs representing America, Nepal, Brazil, Slovakia, Germany and China. With the help of the chefs, they will be feeding students (others from off campus can pay an $8 entry fee to take part).

Each tent will be decorated according to each country’s customs, and the student chefs may be dressed in native outfits for the event, said Sodexo’s Chris Mongeon.


Plymouth State University celebrates International Education Week Nov. 18-22

November 21st, 2013 by Lynn

    PSU international students from nearly 30 countries display their nations’ flags at the Nov. 18 Parade of Flags ceremony.

    PLYMOUTH –– If Plymouth State University is a window to the world, International Education Week (IEW) is a great example of the diversity and globalization efforts that are alive on campus.

    PSU celebrates IEW Nov. 18-22 with a series of events featuring students, staff and faculty from nearly 30 countries showcasing the global experience. PSU’s International Student Advisor, Jane Barry, said IEW is a great example of the University reflecting what’s going on around the globe.

    “The world is an ever-smaller place, and we need to understand and be aware of other cultures,” Barry said. “With our global economy, diversity is something that will never change, it will always be prominent in our lives and in the marketplace; it’s important we understand the importance of that.”

    IEW kicked off Nov. 18 with the Parade of Flags, as international students marched on campus with flags from their respective countries.

    “The Parade of Flags is a way for everyone in the campus community to realize the richness of diversity on campus and become citizens of the world,” Barry said.

    PSU has raised awareness of its global presence through the student group, Global Ambassadors, according to Jessica Pine, PSU International Programming Coordinator.

    “Our Global Ambassadors work to mentor our international students and host special events, like a dessert social and global open mic night,” Pine said.

    Other IEW events include displays of international art, scholarly dialogue and investigation, global coffee hour, an international film series and the Global Chef Competition — a cooking competition (partnering with Sodexo) for student chefs.

    For a complete list of events, go to:

    IEW been celebrated at PSU for nearly a decade; it is part of a national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education.

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