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Culinary Arts students at The Art Institute of Dallas compete in large game cook-off

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With more than $1800 award money at stake, students at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, paired up and created culinary crowd-pleasers for the 5th annual Susan Thurston Venison Culinary Competition. The event was held at the college – 8080 Park Lane, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75231 – on Friday, March 16, 2012 for students of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas.

The competition was limited to six teams of two students each. Teams had three hours to plan and prepare two courses: one appetizer and one entrée dish, each of which was required to incorporate venison as the primary protein source. Awards were presented to the top 6 teams on Friday, March 16th, at the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) conference held at the Sheraton Hotel & Resort. The NADeFA awarded the first place team a $1000 prize, the 2nd place team $500, the 3rd place team $300, and the remaining teams each received $100. 

“Our culinary programs are created to expose students to various cooking techniques, cuisines and ingredients,” said Chef Larry Matson, Academic Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas. “Challenging these culinary students to compete in cook-offs designed to inspire creativity, like the Venison Culinary Competition, corresponds with The Art Institutes system of schools goal of encouraging students to create tomorrow.”

Sponsored by the Cervid Livestock Foundation (CLF), promoting research and education through the NADeFA, the annual venison competition is intended to promote the deer industry, to educate future chefs about the dietary benefits of using venison in their dishes and to inspire culinary creativity. “This was an experience that hopefully they will take with them when entering into the restaurant profession,” says Laurie Seale, Executive Director of the CLF.

For more information about the event, please contact Yasmin Hosseinzadeh at 415.565.9948 or

About The Art Institute of Dallas
The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

About The North American Deer Farmer's Association
The North American Deer Farmer’s Association is an association representing an industry that has an annual economic impact on this nation’s economy of $3 billion.  NADeFA is a political voice for approximately 15,000 deer breeders, ranchers and farmers across the nation.  They represent the deer industry by working closely with state and federal legislators and regulatory agencies to develop rules and regulations that govern the deer industry.  NADeFA is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs, publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards.

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