11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (10 of 12)
Champion’s Club members raise their hands at the end of the cooking time of Sodexo’s first Meal Madness competition. The event was put on by Sodexo. (Kaitlyn Johnson/The Signpost)

The Shepherd Union atrium was filled with spectators on Thursday who got a taste of the culinary creations made by Weber State students, faculty and staff in Sodexo’s Meal Madness competition.

Four teams made up of three amateur chefs had 45 minutes to prepare a meal.

Competitors rushed to finish the desserts and main course in the amount of time given using special ingredients: white asparagus, mango chutney or Cheerios.

Sodexo had three judges to taste the food: two were chefs from Sodexo and the third was WSUSA President Joseph Favero.

Sodexo’s marketing intern Nick Phinney stated that the purpose of the Meal Madness competition is for customer satisfaction. “Here at Weber we do run all the food on campus, and we want to show the students that we really do care and we want to put on events that benefit them,” he said.

Tessa Diamond WSU senior on team Champion’s Club, said she was thrilled to be a part of Sodexo’s Meal Madness competition. “Each team has 15 minutes to look through all the ingredients to evaluate what we want to make, and once that time ran out, we started cooking,” she said.

For Diamond, the Meal Madness event made her top 10 events at Weber State.

Nick Phinney said that they want to try and host an Meal Madness competition at the end of every semester.

11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (1 of 12)
Champion’s Club members work together making different parts of their dish for the Meal Madness competition. (Kaitlyn Johnson/The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (3 of 12)
Patty Gomes, a faculty member in the Shepherd Union building, from team Ramsey Rejects takes her time as she fries part of her team’s dish. (Kaitlyn Johnson/The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (12 of 12)
Students and faculty gathered around the judges table, awaiting the results of the competition. (Kaitlyn Johnson/The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (4 of 12)
Amina Khan dices up the vegetables needed for her meal during the Meal Madness competition in the Shepherd Union building. (Kaitlyn Johnson/The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (8 of 12)
Chad Fowers, Amina Khan and Hank Corbin Wessman work together to create their masterpiece. The team won first place. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (7 of 12)
Tara Paris from Spice Spice Baby takes her time to make sure her team’s masterpiece looks great. Spice Spice Baby won first place for the faculty. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (9 of 12)
Tessa Diamond (left), Marissa Questereit (middle) and Jeffery Henry (right), from Champion’s Club, use team work to create their masterpiece at the end of 45 minutes. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (6 of 12)
Members of Spice Spice Baby Tara Paris, Erik Ashby and Sheldon Cheshire work on their first-place dish. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (11 of 12)
Team Champion’s Club explain their dish to the judges. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
11-20 Iron Chef (Kaitlyn Johnson) (5 of 12)
Tessa Diamond takes her time to get the correct amount of pepper for her dish. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)

 

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