PLU Dining and Culinary Services sous chef Chuk Blessum took home a silver medal after participating in a Top Chef-style cooking competition in Los Angeles April 4. Chuk rgb

The competition, called Flavors, was put on by the National Associaton of College and University Food Service. Contestants were given the principle ingredient, live Maine lobster, and challenged to create a dish around it. They were judged on organization, professionalism, hygiene and technique as well as the quality of their final dish.

Blessum made lobster en burre blanc with saut of fennel. Three other competitors earned gold medals.

Chefs from PLU have competed in NACUFS since 2007. This is the third year Blessum has participated, and the third year Blessum has earned a silver medal.

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Alison Haywood studied Journalism and German at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Her hobbies include skiing, reading, traveling, blogging, and playing the piano and guitar. She served as the A&E Editor at PLU's student newspaper The Mooring Mast.

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