October's People profiles

Pirate days, crab soup cook-offs and more are featured in this month's People section.

What was the best team-building activity you’ve done recently with your staff?  

This summer we hosted a “Chopped” style cooking competition for our chefs. We hosted the event at the Columbus Culinary Institute (CCI). During round one, the chef contestants had one hour to complete their plate using mystery basket ingredients. The plates were judged by the CCI culinary instructors. The top two finalists from the first round (there were two weeks of round one competition) advanced to the finals. During the finals, the four chef contestants were given 90 minutes to complete their plates, which were judged using official ACF rules. The energy, passion and creativity of our staff was on display!
—Julie Jones, foodservice director, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus 

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