The 2017 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 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom

As in the past, the highlight of this year's International Education Week, November 13 – 17, promises to be the tenth annual International Cook-Off Competition. The Cook-Off is scheduled for Thursday, Nov.16 from 6:00 to 8:00 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 6:00 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.

For the first time, two teams from the same country, South Korea, will compete in the Cook-Off and will represent the Korean cities of Jeonju and Seoul. The remaining teams include previous Cook-Off fan favorites: Brazil, India, Oman and Sri Lanka.

2017 International Cooking Teams and Menus

  • Brazil | Moqueca Bahiana de camarao
  • India | Mughlai Chicken
  • Oman | Brainy with Chicken
  • South Korea, Jeonju | Bibimbap
  • South Korea, Seoul | Royal Stir-Fried Rice Cake with Gochujang Pork Cupbap and Potato Pancake
  • Sri Lanka | Sri Lankan Fried Rice with Fish Balls and Chicken Curry

Team members and recipes

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

  • Todd Diacon, Provost
  • Lisa Abraham, Senior Writer, University Communications and Marketing
  • Lamar Hylton, Dean of Students

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.

Last year's Cook-Off featured cooking teams representing Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, while a crowd of about 900 Kent State students, faculty and staff were on hand to sample the exotic foods which the teams had prepared. With a dish of fried rice and fish balls and a refreshing fruit punch, the team from Saudi Arabia was selected by the judges for First Place for its dish of Kabash. Later, the team from India, which presented Chili Chicken as its main entree, was selected by the audience for the People's Choice Award. India also placed second in the judges voting, while Bangladesh took Third Place with the unusual combination of Kacchi Biriyani, Begun Vaji and Borhani.

To get a "taste" of the food, fun and festivities planned for this year's Cook-Off, watch the following video featuring the 2016 competition. Then save the date and plan to attend. Your taste buds will thank you.

2016 International Cook-Off Competition Video