Baking RockStars of 2018

Food science students cook up a tasty win.

The University of Wisconsin was awarded first place for its freeze-dried cake bites at the 2018 BakingTECH Conference held in Chicago on February 26 and 27, 2018.

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The big win by the team of four UW–Madison food science students has shone a spotlight on the university’s food science program.  “We are honored to have had this opportunity and are overwhelmed by the positive response from both the baking industry and UW–Madison…. We hope to continue this relationship with the baking industry and intend to have more teams compete in the future,” said Kayla Saslow, a senior from Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to Saslow, the team members are Tatum Teskey, a senior from Verona; Paige Palmieri, a graduate student from Niantic, Connecticut; and Monica Caparosa, a master’s student from Butler, Pennsylvania.

This was the first year UW competed in this competition.

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Other finalists included  a team of Purdue University food science students who developed a crispy, buttery, crunchy, chocolatey and gooey-in-the-middle cookie. Graduate students Collin Felten, Sarah Gafter and Anbuhkani (Connie) Muniandy were finalists in the competition, pitting their cookie against baked goods from students at Kansas State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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