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Physics professor to compete for "Sushi Scholar" title at local restaurant

Tai-Yin Huang, Ph.D.
3/3/2011 —

Tai-Yin Huang, Ph.D., associate professor of physics at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will pit her culinary talents against another Lehigh Valley professor during the "Sushi Scholars" competition sponsored by Komé restaurant in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Huang will face Christopher R. Cocozza, associate professor of business at DeSales University, beginning at 5 p.m., March 29, at Komé.


Huang and Cocozza's faceoff is the third in a culinary series featuring elementary, middle, and high school, and university educators from across the Valley. The idea came fresh off the successful "Sushi Surgeons" series, a partnership that raised $10,000 for Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2010.


The Sushi Scholars concept is as follows: Komé’s Executive Chef Shuji Hiyakawa meets with each educator competitor to create an appetizer based on the participant’s inspiration. Huang plans to create a dish with a definite Penn State theme. On the night of the cook-off, diners rate the two competing educators’ dishes on appearance, taste, and overall creativity. The dish amassing the most points wins the educator’s school 15 percent of the evening’s receipts.


A championship round, featuring the educators with the highest point totals, will take place on April 26.


For more information about the contest, visit http://komerestaurant.com/links/sushi_scholars.html.

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