Texas Tech Undergraduate Students Prove They Are ‘Top Chefs’

Four undergraduate students from Texas Tech University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences recently took the University Cook-off People’s Choice Award with their “Pork Wellington Bites” at the North American Meat Association (NAMA) in Las Vegas.

Undergraduate students from nine universities vied for the title, preparing dishes for conference attendees. The People’s Choice Award was determined by a ballot system after everyone had tasted each product.

The team was comprised of Tanner Adams, a junior from Sanger; Bo Hutto, a junior from Hondo; Trevor King, a junior from Hillsboro; and Heather Rode, a junior from Doss.

“It was a great opportunity for us to represent Texas Tech’s meat science program from a product development aspect,” Adams said. “It was very exciting to win. We put a lot of time and effort into planning and making this new, innovative product that hopefully many consumers enjoyed and will continue to talk about.”

Hutto, Rode and Dakotah Williams, a senior from Glenrose, also received scholarships at the convention, recognizing their outstanding academic performances and involvement in the meat science industry.

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CONTACT: Moriah Beyers, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 248, or moriah.beyers@ttu.edu.