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.