Networking & Events

RCA 25th Anniversary Happy Hour

Sponsored by Kerry

We enjoyed raising a toast to celebrated RCA's history during this kick off happy hour!


Wonder Room Networking

RCA volunteers enjoyed the Wonder platform where they were able to move from "room to room" to discuss various topics. 


Pull up a Chair: Guided Networking

We used the online networking tool, Icebreaker, to help elevate our conversations and guarantee matches! 


Food Evolution Competition

Sponsored by Griffith Foods

The Food Evolution Competition challenged students to formulate sustainable commercialized products, increase nutritional content through value-added processing and troubleshoot cost reduction strategies within the evolution of foods to allow us to feed the future.

The winner of this competition was Taylor's University!

Congratulations to Celine Chan Lin Hui and Goh Chia Vi and Faculty Advisor Dr. Benjamin Wong Tziak on your win!


Student Culinology® Competition

Sponsored by Ajinomoto, International Flavors & Fragrances, Florida Food Products

The 2021 Student Culinology® Competition was designed to promote healthier food that can be served at the students' own universities.

Congratulations to our first, second and third place winners for creating incredible products and promoting healthier food options.

Team AIELO - 1st Place

  • Taylor’s University, School of Food Studies and Gastronomy, Malaysia
  • Competitors: Cathryn Choe Quer-Ern, Ang Ru Jun
  • Product: Bab.LA  

Team Bright Vitality - 2nd Place

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Competitors: Haley Lam, Jacqueline Thach
  • Product: Blazin' Noodz 

Team Foodie Microbes - 3rd Place

  • Mississippi State University
  • Competitors: Dianna Wilson, Lauryn Heidelberg
  • Product: Spicy Italian Plant-Based Sausage Pizza Pocket 

Inside the Speaker's Studio

During this networking hour, RCA+ speakers hosted "rooms" in the Wonder platform.

Speakers included:

  • Darryl Holliday, CRC, Chef and President, Simple Culinary Solutions, LLC
  • Mike KostyoSenior Managing Editor & Trendologist, Datassential
  • Dave LundahlAuthor, Insights Now Behavioral Research
  • Natalie Roesler, Vice President of Innovation, Surlean Foods
  • Maeve Webster, President, Menu Matters
  • Dr. Martin WiedmannGellert Family Professor in Food Safety, Cornell


BlueNalu Essay Competition

Sponsored by BlueNalu

In partnership with the Culinology Education Foundation, BlueNalu offered a scholarship to the best essay that answers, “What does it mean to you to Eat Blue™?” Here are the winners. 

First place: Clarissha Vallerie Widjaja from Taylor’s University

Second place: Ayesha Arshad from Taylor’s University

Third place: Sarah Caballero from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

All of our winners also became EatBlue™ Ambassadors: EatBlue Ambassadors are invited to share their journey through a global multimedia platform and help shape the future of sustainable seafood. Ambassadors will be influencers, thought-leaders and subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about sustainable development


Mixology Competition & Happy Hour

The 2021 Culinology® Cocktail Competition featured guest judge Dave Arnold, author of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail

Congratulations to our winner Lauren Martey, CRC®, senior research and development chef with Tastepoint!


It's a Small World: Regional Networking

In this networking opportunity we learned more about RCA's regional hubs, their successes and where members can get in on the action.


Do You Want To Be a Culinologist LIVE People's Choice Voting and Cash Awards Presentation

Sponsored by Flavor360 Solutions

This winter, students in the RCA community shared their Culinology stories by competing in the “Do You Want to Be a Culinologist" competition. The top 10 participants shared their multimedia stories in a  Zoom presentation during the RCA+ Conference. Virtual attendees from around the world casted a People’s Choice vote and selected the top three students to be awarded cash scholarships.