PSU Students Tie for Best Dessert in Common Man Apprentice Competition

December 10th, 2008 by Adam

An apple pecan cake recipe created by a team of Plymouth State University students earned a first-place tie in the 4th annual Common Man Apprentice Dessert competition Dec. 9 in Concord. The popular competition pits business students from St. Anselm College and Plymouth State University in creating a dessert for the Common Man Restaurant group. Team Boulder Dash consists of Joe Pipitone, Jaffrey, N.H., Keira Tuttle, Belmont, N.H., Christian Taylor, Fremont, N.H., Hillary McDonough, Merrimack, N.H., Corinne Provost, Allenstown, N.H., and Ashley Ryzewski, Spencer, Mass.

“We were pretty confident we would win,” said Ryzewski. “We had a strong bond from the beginning on achieving this goal.”

The competition is modeled after the reality TV show, ‘The Apprentice,’ featuring Donald Trump. Head chefs from the restaurant chain selected the three best desserts from contests at each school. Those six winning entries were on the menu through November at each of the five Common Man restaurants in a head-to-head competition, with the winner decided by total sales. Team Boulder Dash and the Chocolate Mousse team from St. Anselm each garnered 396 votes to tie, which has never happened before.

PSU’s Keira Tuttle said developing and perfecting a recipe takes a team effort.

“We all complemented each other with our collective skills,” said Tuttle. “It was a lot of fun.”
The competition was developed by Professors Tom Fitzpatrick of St. Anselm and Bonnie Bechard of PSU, who said the students learn valuable skills in competing.

“It takes commitment, leadership, communication and time management to be successful,” said Bechard.

“It’s a bridge of relevance from classroom to real world,” Fitzpatrick said. “In order for this to work, though, we need a partner, and the Common Man has really helped us.”

The apple pecan cake will be featured at five Common Man restaurants, according to Common Man CEO Jason Lyon, a PSU graduate.

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