Month: February 2019
Social Program of the Month
Chopped: Sixth College Edition (Part 2)
||University of California, San Diego
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 70
||Time Needed to Organize: 2 hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: 25
||Date(s) of Program: February 3rd, 2019|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 3
||Cost of Program: 45$|
|On-Campus Population: 12000
||Chapter Size: 47|
|Origin of Program:|
UC San Diego is comprised of seven different residential areas. One of
these areas is Sixth College which is comprised of first year and
returning students. Sixth College offers a variety of housing layouts
and options for students across two main categories: apartments and
residential halls. The main distinction between the two is that
apartments include a fully equipped kitchen for residents to use. One
day, Resident Assistant (RA) Trinity was speaking with some of her
residents who live in the apartments about programs. She asked them
what kinds of program they would like to see that has never been done
before. One of them suggested a cooking competition. At first, it
seemed as if this would be difficult considering that most cooking
shows involved cooking in the same space. However, this sort of
program has been done in the past by a previous RA in Sixth college.
Using this past program and the show Chopped as inspiration, they
decided to create a Chopped event for residents to compete in teams
for the second ever title of Sixth College Chopped Champion.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
The program was to be held in two locations: a communal space of
Sixth Sixth College known as the Lodge as well as the team's
designated kitchen on the evening of February 3rd. Residents would
then compete in a in a two course meal challenge: making an entree
as well as a dessert. Residents were required to register on a
Google Form online in a team from 1-3 students prior to the
competition date date. The form included background information
about the Chopped Television Series, rules, and procedures. They
were then asked to fill out their information on the form which
included their team name, list of members, kitchen space which they
would be cooking in, and any form of food handling allergies that
they may have.
The night was to run similar to the television show. Competitors
were given a mystery basket which included 2 ingredients which they
must include in the dish created. There were separate secret
ingredients for each dish to be given to them day of the event. They
were then sent to their apartment with a time limit of 1.5 hours.
Chefs then prepared their dishes to the best of their ability and
presented it to the judges. Dishes were judged by RAs based on
taste, creativity, presentation, and incorporation of ingredients.
The winner with the overall highest score after for both dishes
would win the competition and be given a prize for winning.
On the day of the competition, residents were welcomed by the RAs
and given an overview of the night. The Lodge would serve as the
main stage for the competition and their kitchens would be their
work stations where they would cook. When everyone understood the
event, they were given their mystery ingredients. They received a
pear for the entree and a can of condensed milk for the dessert.
They were then allotted 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete their
cooking. The round included a grace period of 2 minutes for
residents to go to their kitchens. Afterwards, each team presented
their dish while the judges tasted their food. Judges then voted who
would become the winners of the competition.
Based on taste, creativity, presentation, and incorporation of
ingredients, it was decided that there would be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place winner. The prizes given out had Sixth College "swag."
Everyone else received participation prizes.
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|Goals of the program:|
The goal of this program was to encourage residents to utilize their kitchens
on campus as well as give them the opportunity to creatively learn how to cook.
Most often, residents find the need to buy food all the time rather than take
advantage of the kitchen spaces available to them. This program in of itself
allowed for residents to become more comfortable with their kitchen spaces as
well as cooking. The program competition allowed for residents to work in teams
and be efficient with their use of time because each round had a time limit. By
judging residents, they were able to receive constructive feedback on their
creations. One of the RAs who was judging the event very commonly cooks, and so
he acted as the "professional chef" who gave the most constructive feedback so
that residents may be able to cook better in the future with such ingredients.
It was also a unique social program which could help build teamwork strategies
within the community, and in which RAs could hang out with their residents in a
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Both RAs and residents were pleasantly surprised with the food creations made that
night. The competitors said that they it was different, fun, and unique to cook for
someone and be judged rather than just cooking for themselves. As a result, they felt
the need to bring all their skills to the table and attempted to master the art of
cooking. In addition, the program attracted students from across different cultures.
These residents found a way to show their culture in their food and managed to educate
those involved in the program about their heritage which everyone found fascinating
and encouraging. Overall, residents enjoyed the program immensely and expressed that
their interest in cooking grew after the program. Many also spoke about excitement for
a (hopefully) future competition and seemed to be willing to participate in the
future. The judging RAs were immensely impressed and expressed that they would love to
host this program again in the future, as both the residents and RAs had so much fun
being at this event.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
There were two main issues that arose with this program. The first was that it only
allowed for residents in the apartments to participate since it required a kitchen
space to cook in. Maybe in a future event, residents who are unable to compete could be
encouraged to come to the program to watch and partake by serving as a judge. The
second issue was that the event started late in the evening, and due to timing of the
round and the judging, it ended later than expected. The competition consisted of
twelve teams which was much more than expected for this sort of program. If there were
anymore than these teams who registered, we would have had to completely alter the
judging strategy to make it more timely. Participation and hard work in the competition
was prevalent in all the resident's dishes and each team learned from their mistakes.
Overall, this program was proven to be successful as it was exciting for many
residents, it was extremely unique, and it allowed for residents to participate in more
than one way and develop teamwork skills.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Chopped is a very popular and common television show on Food Network and is watched by
millions. This program can easily be adapted to other campuses as it allows for
flexibility. Organizers are able to decide on what ingredients for competitors to use
as well as the theme. The show itself has multiple arcs ranging from junior to
professional chefs competing against one another. This makes easily applicable to
whoever may want to be a part of it. The biggest challenge is finding a way to have
residents involved in multiple ways. For example, if a hall has a certain theme,
organizers could potentially purchase ingredients pertaining to that theme.
Additionally, the competition does not have to involved a kitchen with a stove and
oven. For example, a chopped competition could be made so that all meals must be
prepared using a microwave or toaster oven. Another option is introducing no bake or
cooking dishes which would rely a lot on temperatures and measurements. Aside from
ingredients, the competition can be held between individuals, pairs, or groups. The
possibilities are endless and the competition guidelines can always be altered to fit a
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