Sweet Win for PSU Business Team Dessert Storm

December 9th, 2005 by Adam

Beating a team from St. Anselm College by just 15 orders, a dessert created by four Plymouth State University business students was declared the winner of the recent Common Man Apprentice dessert competition at a ceremony in Concord December 8.

The final results were based on number of orders by the public for each dessert at a Common Man restaurant over a four-week period.

Aunt Alice’s Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, conceived and produced by a team calling themselves “Dessert Storm,” garnered 229 orders from Common Man restaurant patrons. Team members Kyle Allen, Graham Hoffman, Jessica Moyer, Kelly Piontkowski and Trevor Hall, are all students of Professor Bonnie Bechard. The team modified a secret family recipe from Kelly’s Aunt Alice … adding raspberry puree under the cheesecake filling, and chocolate ganache on top.

The first runner-up team was St. A’s “Corporate Kitchen” with their Brown Sugar Cake. The second runner-up team was PSU’s “Sweet Success” and their Autumn Harvest Cake.

Also participating in the five-team competition were St. A’s teams “SAC Attack” who created a S’more pie and “Tasty Treats” who offered an attractively plated Caramel Fudge Peach dessert.

St. Anselm team coach, Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick, described the project as “dramatic,” explaining that the process covered just about every chapter in the students’ text books, ending with taking their product to market. Bechard added, “It was great to see the students thinking on their own, and engaging the community and their families. Teamwork was at the heart of this project.”

Drs. Bechard and Fitzpatrick thanked their respective institutions and the Common Man family of restaurants, represented by CFO Jason Lyon, a PSU alumnus and former student of Dr. Bechard.