A team of Cal State LA food science and technology students won first place and a $1,000 cash prize in a food industry competition for the second consecutive year.
The competition was part of the 29th Annual Southern California Food Industry Conference held in Anaheim. Nine college teams participated in the 2016 Student Product Development Competition, which was organized by the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section.
“[Our] students used their knowledge and understanding of various food science fields such as food chemistry, microbiology, preservation and food product development to create this award-winning new product,” said Professor Sunil Mangalassary, the team’s faculty adviser.
The students won with Vegan Dolma, a grilled red pepper stuffed with heart healthy, brown basmati rice, red quinoa and carefully selected vegetables made with a special blend of spices.
The entrée is “uniquely preserved with lemon peels, giving a concentrated lemon flavor to the dish without all the sour tartness,” said Hayk Harutyunyan, who is the team captain.
The Cal State LA team also included students Yesenia Gonzalez, Arturo Jordan, and Ruby Mendoza.
The Food Science and Technology Program at Cal State LA provides students with knowledge and skills in the areas of food safety, food preservation technologies, food analysis, quality assurance, and new product development.
Mangalassary said the students’ win brings acclaim to the University’s program.
Photos: Top, Packaging of Vegan Dolma product. Below, Cal State LA Professor Sunil Mangalassary, center, with award-winning food science and technology students, l-r, Ruby, Yesenia, Arturo and Hayk. (Credit: Cal State LA)
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