Senior chef takes top spot in Danieley Center's 14th annual Chikin' Pikin' cooking contest

Senior Sophie Natan emerged from a field of 15 teams to win the competition.

Fifteen student teams competed March 12 in the Danieley Center Neighborhood’s 14th annual Chikin’ Pikin’ on the outdoor basketball courts. The event invites students to marinate, grill and season a chicken breast to be judged by Elon faculty, staff and community members. Completed entrees are judged on their taste, appearance and plating.

This year environmental studies major Sophie Natan ’17 won the competition and was awarded $300 in gift cards. Political science major Kylie Dickinson ’20 and human service studies major Laura Pacheco ’19 finished second, and elementary education major Angela Jeffers ’20 came in third. They won $200 and $100 in gift cards, respectively.

“It was great to see so many compete for the top prizes,” said Detric Robinson, the community director of Danieley Center. “Also, Cluck the chicken is a little unsettling. Watch ‘Donnie Darko’ and you’ll know what I mean.”

Chikin’ Pikin’ was sponsored by the Danieley Neighborhood Association and is one of the community’s most popular and well-attended events. The judges of the students’ culinary work were:

  • Terry Tomasek, director of the Elon Academy, associate professor of education and faculty director of the Colonnades Neighborhood
  • Matthew Wittstein, assistant professor of exercise science and faculty affiliate in Danieley
  • Daniel Griffin, web presence manager at Duke University Press
  • Whitney Gregory, assistant dean of students for Student Health and Wellness and Honor Code

“Chikin’ Pikin’ is one of my favorite neighborhood events,” said Cait Williams, the graduate assistant in Danieley Center. “You can see firsthand a neighborhood performing as a community through the friendly competition.”

For photos from the event, please visit the Danieley Center Neighborhood Facebook page.