Culinary Student Wins National Kitchen Contest

June  4, 2014

Jamie Holter
Director of Communications and Marketing
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
(206) 719-7535,

Kirkland, WA - Lake Washington Institute of Technology culinary student Ana Kasparova won the international "Global Taste of Korea" competition held May 31, 2014 at the Art Institute of Seattle. The Russia-born student beat out more than a dozen students and national restaurant chefs with her twist on japchae, a traditional sweet potato and noodle dish served for Korean special occasions.


Next stop: Seoul, South Korea. Ana Kasparova won the international
"Global Taste of Korea" competition and will compete in Korea in July
against culinary stars from 15 countries.

"Korean cooking is so challenging," said Matt Dimeo, LWTech Culinary Arts Instructor. "She had to make it perfectly to win and she did!" Ana's secret twist included a bulgogi-infused meatball. Ana explained her process in a post-win interview with Korean television.

In July, the U.S. Korean Consulate will send Ana on an all-expenses paid trip to Seoul for the next round of competition against culinary stars from 15 countries including Italy, China, France, and Australia.  Korean television will broadcast the finals.

"Ana is everything that's possible at LWTech," said Mimi Stockman, LWTech Culinary Arts Instructor. "She came here two years ago with a passion.  Last summer Ana took advantage of our study abroad program to really learn the cooking culture in Korea. Clearly it paid off."

Lake Washington Institute of Technology's nationally recognized culinary program is the winner of three regional and one national knowledge bowls and places chefs in institutions from fine dining to CenturyLink Field.

Check out photos and video from the culinary team's 2013 summer in Korea.


Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a public, broad-based technical institute providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about Lake Washington Institute of Technology programs, please visit