The 2019 International Cook-Off Competition Will Celebrate Cultural Cuisine

Mark Your Calendars, Bring Your Appetite and Be Ready to Share all the Food, Fun and Festivities at This Year's Cook-Off
November 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom

As in the past, the highlight of this year's International Education Week, November 18–22, promises to be the 12th annual International Cook-Off Competition. The Cook-Off is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Hosted by the Office of Global Education and supported by Kent State Dining Services, the Cook-Off will feature food and beverages from around the world. The event is free and open to all. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the food service will begin shortly thereafter.

The cook-off will feature six student culinary teams which will compete as finalists in the competition. Each team will prepare and present a different cultural entrée and beverage from its home country. The teams will compete for first-, second- and third-place awards, which will be determined by a team of three judges. In addition, the Cook-Off’s attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite team and recipe for the People’s Choice Award. The announcements of the first, second and third place, as well as the People's Choice winners, will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m.

  • China | (TBA)
  • Colombia | (TBA)
  • Global Ambassadors | (TBA)
  • India | (TBA)
  • Indonesia | (TBA)
  • Saudi Arabia | (TBA)
  • Vietnam | (TBA)


The Office of Global Education is also delighted to announce and welcome our three judges for this year's International Cook-Off:

  • Ken Burhanna, Dean of University Libraries
  • Debbie Rozner, Director ESL Center
  • Chris Sestak, Staff Attorney

Technology will again have a role in the voting for the People's Choice Award. Attendees will have the opportunity to send a text message with their cell phones to vote for their favorite cooking team. The texting will replace paper ballots, making it more convenient for the attendees to vote and for the judges to tabulate the results.