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Trine's Ben Christensen wins national contest
What do you do with idle late night time when you’re a cooking enthusiast? Go online to surf cooking Web sites, that’s what.
That’s how Trine University mechanical engineering major Benjamin Christensen discovered a site to submit recipes for the Uncle Ben’s Holiday Rice Recipe Contest a few weeks ago. At 11:30 p.m., he submitted a made-up recipe he’d never cooked before, an adaptation of a Hawaiian fried rice dish he created years ago. He won, and he will head to New York City over Christmas break for a three-day stay in a luxury hotel as the grand prize.
Ben’s gift of planning and envisioning a desired result meshes well with his cooking and engineering ambitions. After earning his ME degree at Trine, he hopes to complete a culinary arts degree with the aim of opening his own restaurant after some years in engineering.
“I’m good at figuring out what I’m going to cook by imaging the flavors together,” Ben said. “Engineering is kind of creative too, in that you imagine the result before you do it.”
The president of Trine’s new Cooking Club, Ben received the news of the Uncle Ben’s win on the heels of winning semifinalist status in a Fort Wayne, Ind. pie competition. His parents, Alan and Carel Christensen of Naperville, Ill., have arranged for Ben’s sister to accompany him on the award trip as her birthday gift.
Will he sample New York cuisine during his travels? You bet. “I went out and bought a book on New York restaurants. I have every meal planned, and my sister is planning all the activities,” he said.
Among those activities will be a trip to Ellis Island. “My family came through Ellis Island twice, and we have a stone there. So we’ll see that and the Statue of Liberty and the decorating for Christmas and New Year’s Eve,” he said. They also plan to see “The Lion King” on Broadway.
Trine University students will experience Ben’s culinary talents when our master chef and staff serve up the masterpiece to the entire student body.