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Jet Tila to emcee Cornell Dining's Cutthroat Competition

28 March 2016

Cornell Dining is pleased to announce that celebrity Chef Jet Tila will return to campus in April to participate as emcee of the much-anticipated "Cornell Dining Cutthroat" competition. Chef Tila also visited Cornell in 2014 for two days of demonstrations and training with the dining staff.

Update: Caroline live-tweeted the Cutthroat competition and shared this recap!

Cutthroat Competition

Open to both campus community members and the public, Cornell Dining Cutthroat will feature four competitors and one judge that will determine single elimination in each of three timed rounds. The event will begin at 5pm on Monday, April 11th at Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery. The competitor left standing after the final round will be declared the winner.

In addition to Chef Jet as emcee, the event will also consist of four competitors from Cornell Dining's staff, and one student judge.

•Emcee: Jet Tila, Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur, Culinary Ambassador to Thailand

•Judge: Max Aronson, Student, Cornell School of Hotel Administration

•Winner, Food Network Chopped "Teen Redeem" Competition

•Competitor: Adam June, Cook House Dining Room

•Competitor: Richard Rupe, Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery

•Competitor: Terry Silba, North Star Dining Room

•Competitor: Amber Deemer, Risley Dining Room

During Chef Jet's visit to Ithaca and Cornell, he will also spend time with key Cornell Dining staff members. Much like his last visit, Chef Jet will lead the team in culinary best practice demonstrations, particularly in Asian cuisine.

"We are thrilled Chef Jet accepted our invitation to return to Cornell and emcee our campus cooking competition," says Gail Finan, Director of Cornell Dining. "He is a true culinary advocate, gifted leader and real class act," she adds.

About Cornell Dining

Cornell Dining is consistently ranked in the Princeton Review' s top ten for best campus food among all colleges and universities in the country. That high rating comes from customer surveys, and reflects Cornell Dining's commitment to serving high-quality foods that are healthy and creatively prepared with genuine care for a diverse community. Cornell Dining operates 29 on-campus eateries - which include all-you-care-to-eat dining rooms, cafés, coffee houses, food courts, and convenience stores - and serves more than 26,000 meals a day to members of the Cornell community. For more information, visit

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