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The first GridIron Chef Contest & Homecoming Trivia Bowl


The College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health are starting a new Homecoming tradition to engage, connect and unite students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

The FIRST GridIron Chef Contest and Homecoming Trivia Bowl offer a unique opportunity for all involved to create new recipes, mingle, make new friends and even show off their trivia knowledge in a little healthy competition.

“Homecoming is about welcoming back alumni and encouraging current and prospective student and families to engage in tradition,” says Kim McAlexander, CPHHS coordinator of recent alumni and career readiness initiatives. “We want this new CPHHS tradition to provide the opportunity for our alums and students to add to their OSU memories and connect with faculty and staff.”

For a chance to be crowned this year’s GridIron Chef, participants must enter a unique healthy tailgate recipe by Oct. 4. The top five recipes will be chosen by faculty and students of the Moore Family Center, OSU chefs and Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill, and will be judged based on nutritional value, taste and appeal, creativity and ease of preparation.

Important CPHHS Homecoming dates


  • Friday, October 4
    GridIron Chef Contest recipe submissions due
  • Friday, October 18
    Preregister trivia teams online
  • Friday, October 25
    The First GridIron Chef Contest and Homecoming Trivia Bowl event
    3-3:30 GridIron Chef food tasting
    3:30-5:30 Trivia Bowl
    5:00 – GridIron Chef winners announced


View the Oregon State Alumni Association’s Homecoming calendar

“We want to hear from the OSU community – and have them share with us their favorite healthy recipes,” says Moore Family Center Endowed Director Emily Ho. “The contest is a great way to show off your creativity in the kitchen and prove that eating healthy is easy and fun.”

The top five finalists will each receive a Bob’s Red Mill gift basket and $20 gift certificate, and their recipes will be showcased, tasted and voted on at the Homecoming Trivia Bowl from 3-5:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the Hallie E. Ford Center lobby.

The grand prize GridIron Chef winner will receive an official OSU football signed by Coach Riley, a gift card from Bob’s Red Mill and a tailgating gift basket. Winners of “Bob’s Pick,” chosen by Bob Moore himself, will receive a $100 Bob’s Red Mill gift card and a Bob Moore-signed book. The Audience Favorite and Judges’ Pick winners will receive prizes from the Moore Family Center and CPHHS. Visit health.oregonstate.edu/homecoming for official rules and to enter.

Although the Moore Family Center knows everyone loves to win prizes, it has much bigger plans for this cooking contest.

“Obesity is on the rise, but you can help do your part by helping your family eat healthy – even during football games,” Emily says. “When you think tailgating and football – you don’t typically think ‘healthy food.’ We want to help change that and show that healthy eating can be part of every aspect of your life.”

After tasting and voting on the best recipe at the Homecoming event, everyone is invited to stay for some free trivia fun with local icon Mr. Bill’s Traveling Trivia Show. Participants do not have to enter a healthy tailgater recipe to join the trivia bowl.

“It’s important for Beaver Nation to stay informed and connected,” Kim says. “Starting a CPHHS Homecoming tradition will provide a great informal and fun venue to help participants learn more about the exciting new initiatives in the college, network and explore the beautiful Hallie Ford Center.”

The trivia event’s goal is for everyone to enjoy each other’s company, engage in friendly competition and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Trivia teams must consist of four to eight people, while teaming up with those you don’t know or would like to get to know better is encouraged.

Winning trivia whizzes may receive prizes that include CPHHS and Moore Family Center swag, Murphy’s Restaurant and Lounge gift cards and more.

And to make it even more interesting, the most creative trivia team name walks away with a traveling trophy and bragging rights.

“Of course it’s not about just having fun – we’re excited to start a new tradition, make some new friends and catch up on what our alums and students are up to,” Kim says. “We hope to see everyone there! I can’t wait to see who shows up!”

For more information about the GridIron Chef Contest and the Homecoming Trivia Bowl, visit health.oregonstate.edu/homecoming.