PSU Hosts Localvore Cooking Challenge

September 25th, 2012 by blyndes

PSU students, staff and faculty were treated to a variety of delicious, locally produced foods at the Localvore Cooking Challenge

Plymouth, N.H. –Acclaimed chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain once said, “I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” That idea summed up a September 25 cooking competition at Plymouth State University that left several hundred PSU students, staff and faculty smiling after being treated to a multitude of freshly prepared, locally produced foods. The Localvore Cooking Challenge at Prospect Dining Hall pitted chefs from seven New Hampshire and Vermont colleges and universities creating made-to-order dishes based on local, fresh ingredients – with those sampling the food voting for their favorite dish. Chris Mongeon, general manager of PSU’s food service provider Sodexo, said the competing schools develop recipes using local meats, produce and cheeses.

“It’s a competition promoting local farms, to let students know what’s available locally and to have some fun with great tasting food,” Mongeon said. “College students today are much more savvy, they know what good food is and they expect quality; this competition is a showcase for that.”

Nick Nocera of  Beford, Massachusetts, said he was impressed with the options available.
“I like healthy food, and there are a lot of healthy options that are really tasty,” said Nocera.

“My Mom is a great cook and this is pretty close and it’s always good,” added Tanner Zito of Weare, N.H.

Megan Delaney of Bedford, N.H. liked the competitive aspect of the Localvore Cooking Challenge.

“I think it’s neat how they have all these different schools here and it’s all been pretty good. I like the local products–I think they’re better.”

Teams were judged on presentation, creativity, technical execution, and guest interaction by a team of district managers.

The winning recipe, a macaroni and cheese beef sandwich, was created by the Sodexo team at Franklin Pierce University of Rindge, N.H.

In addition to PSU and Franklin Pierce, participating schools included Rivier University, Daniel Webster College, Colby-Sawyer College, Southern N.H. University and the World Learning Institute.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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