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Music Professor Wins Campus Culinary Competition
Bethlehem, Pa., March 3, 2006— Moravian College put its faculty, staff, and students to a test in the kitchen with its “Battle of the Brains” Competition. During the course of two weeks, students had the opportunity to sample the culinary efforts of four guest “chefs” and to vote for their favorite entry. Dr. Hilde Binford, assistant professor of music, took home the gold medal, and Michael Markle, equipment room manager in the Athletic Department, won the silver. Student, Allen Murphy '08, from Zelienople, Pa, received the bronze award.
The fun began on Monday, February 13, when Murphy prepared pasta fantastica. His creation simmered in students minds until challenger Markle cooked creamy chicken pesto pasta on Thursday, February 16. Students again savored the offering, until Binford garnered votes with her Santa Fe salmon on Monday, February 20. In a quick turnaround, senior Gerry McGlinn, Lansdale, Pa., became the first contestant to make lunch by offering his cheese steaks on Tuesday, February 21.
Participants were recruited through a campus-wide e-mail solicitation. Although the promotion was geared toward faculty and staff, organizer Richard Jacoby also received a large response from students. “[There were] too many to respond to,” he commented. Murphy and McGlinn stepped to the plate as replacements for faculty forced to withdraw because of other commitments.
The promotion was part of Moravian College Dining Services’ continuing efforts to provide new and exciting menu options for the student body.