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Jwu Charlotte Student Chainey Kuykendall Wins Back-to-back S&D Culinary Challenges

S&D Coffee & Tea (S&D), the largest coffee and tea manu­fac­turer and supplier to restau­rants and conve­nience stores in America, is proud to announce that Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Charlotte student Chainey Kuykendall took top honors in its 7th annual Culinary Challenge, held Feb. 14.
The student chef from Mount Airy, North Carolina, impressed the judges and earned $5,000 with her recipe for “Coffee ScenTEAd Abura Soba,” a Japanese dish that features soba noodles, chicken and a tea-soaked egg. Kuykendall was also the winner of the 2016 S&D Culinary Challenge.
Additionally, Kuykendall’s chef mentor Aaron Rivera, owner of The Chrome Toaster food truck, earned $5,000 for his chosen charity — the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“With Chainey’s victo­ries in the past two culi­nary compe­ti­tions, she has proven to have a talent for creating excep­tional recipes that incor­po­rate our coffee and tea ingre­di­ents,” said John Buckner, vice pres­i­dent of marketing at S&D. “This year’s group of students truly exceeded our expec­ta­tions, and it is our honor to present this compe­ti­tion as a ‘learning lab’ to help JWU students grow as chefs and prepare for their futures in the food­ser­vice industry.”
In addi­tion to the grand prize, the following recog­ni­tions were awarded:

2nd Place ($2,500)
Garret Lochner, Florence, SC, & Megan Hoag, Raleigh, NC, “Gulab Jamuns in Cinnamon Coffee Syrup”
3rd Place ($1,250) and Best Demo Presentation ($250)
Lorenzo Delgado, Kannapolis, NC, “Not Your Average Cup of Joe”
Best Beverage Pairing ($250)
Gillian Howard, Memphis, TN, “Coffee Shwarmas & Ginger Mint Tea”
Facebook Fan Favorite ($250)
Nicholas Wishart, Hillsboro, OH, “Over the Rhine”
The students’ dishes and presen­ta­tions were judged by an expert culi­nary panel — Will Eudy, corpo­rate exec­u­tive chef, McAlister's Deli; Brittany Dubin, culi­nary manager, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation; Bret Thorn, senior food & beverage editor, Nation's Restaurant News; Grant Springer, senior director of R&D, Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc.; and Eric Nakata, VP of culi­nary & inno­va­tion, S&D.

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