Published in the January 14, 2009 issue of The Nugget.
NAIT’s got the recipe
by Linda Hoang
Culinary Arts graduate Daniel Labutes has been confidently cooking and baking for years, and his culinary confidence grew even stronger when he won the Alberta Milk recipe contest just before Christmas.
Alberta Milk and NAIT teamed up this winter to launch a milk recipe contest for Culinary Arts students.
“The prize was $200 and a quick recipe is no problem for $200,” said 28-year-old Labutes, who has just graduated from the program. “I thought I had a good chance.”
Students were asked to submit a simple, affordable, and nutritious recipe that could be put together in a short amount of time and featured certain food groups. Labutes created a Brazilian pie.
“Alberta Milk felt that this [contest] would showcase the talent at NAIT and also provide some real work experience to the students,” said Alberta Milk marketing co-ordinator Melinda Falkenberg-Poetz.
Culinary Arts students Alexei Boldireff and Joelle Sparvier were also selected along with Labutes to form the group of top three recipe winners.
About 20 thousand recipe cards with the names and recipes of the winners, including Labutes, will be distributed at various Alberta Milk trade shows and events over the next two years.
“It will be good for me to have to my name distributed that much,” Labutes said.
Labutes, who has had years of experience working in various restaurants in the city, is now a teaching assistant in the Culinary Arts program.
“Culinary is where I want my career to be,” he said. “Someday I’d like to own my own restaurant.”