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Office of Global Education, Dining Services Host 4th International Cook-Off

Posted Oct. 31, 2011
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Team Turkey won the International Cook-off last fall.

Kent State’s Office of Global Education and Dining Services will host the 4th International Cook-Off event on Monday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m., at the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event marks the start of International Education Week taking place Nov. 14-19 and is free and open to the public.

Eight student teams, representing different countries, will compete in the International Cook-Off event that promotes cultural and global awareness at Kent State.

A panel of three judges will determine the winner of the competition. A $200 dining credit will go to the first place winner, $100 dining credit to the second place winner and $75 dining credit for third place. The audience will also get in on the action by voting and awarding the majority favorite with a $50 dining credit.

This year’s judges are Kent Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert G. Frank and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alfreda Brown.

“The cook-off started as a way for our international students to showcase and share their cultures with American students,” says Jessica Cohen, marketing coordinator, Office of Global Education. “With each cook-off event we’ve had, we have seen more domestic students signing-up to compete. If you think about it, everyone has a heritage or experience to share – a recipe passed down through the family or something you ate while studying abroad that reminds you of your travels. Sharing those cultures is what the cook-off is all about.”

This past spring’s cook-off event featured teams representing China, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Team India won the event and Team Saudi Arabia won the audience favorite award. This fall, the competition will feature returning teams India and Saudi Arabia, and newcomers such as France, Italy, Nepal, Palestine, Panama and South Korea

The first 200 people in attendance will be given a free Education Abroad T-shirt. Students can also earn 3,000 FLASHperks points by attending the event.

To learn more about the International Cook-Off, contact Cohen at 330-672-0916 or Visit to learn more about global efforts here at Kent State University.