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NAIT students cook up success with Alberta Milk

Alberta Milk, along with students from NAIT’s culinary arts program, is out to prove that milk makes a student body good.

The milk recipe contest was a challenge, offered to NAIT students by Alberta Milk, to create an easy, affordable, and nutritious dairy-based recipe using three of the four food groups, and of course the magic ingredient, milk.

The recipes are meant to be dishes that the average person can make quickly and easily with no previous culinary experience.

Fourteen NAIT culinary students entered the contest last month and three winning recipes were selected.

“We submitted our recipes to one of the chefs at school,” said Joelle Sparvier, one of the three winners selected in December. “He and a representative from Alberta Milk went through the recipes and chose the ones they wanted to see. Six of us were invited back to cook for them and they chose the top three.”

Sparvier, a second-year student who hopes to one day become a certified red seal chef, came up with a recipe for a butter chicken dish she coined, Finger Lickin’ Butter Chicken, and the dish lived up to its name.

As one of the winners, Sparvier had her culinary creation styled by a food stylist and photographed by NAIT photography students to be published on Alberta Milk recipe cards and other promotional material for two years.

“And we got a cheque for $200,” she said. “Which wasn’t too bad either.”

Daniel Labutes’ recipe has a South American flair. The recent graduate’s Brazilian Pizza Pie was chosen as one of the top three.

“I made a dish called Brazilian Pizza Pie,” he said. “It’s sort of a quiche-like dish and it’s super simple to make.”

Rounding up the top three was another chicken dish, Pollo Al Latte, created by Alexei Boldireff.

Once printed, 20,000 recipe cards will be handed out at consumer events Alberta Milk attends for the next two years.

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