AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Sam Cook, majoring in hotel and restaurant management, bested more than 160 students from around the world to place first in the second annual ICHRIE Restaurant Management Challenge.
Three of Cook’s classmates also placed in the top 10 in the two-week online competition for college students at International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education member institutions. Matt McManus finished third and Darius Merchant and Clayton Cawthorne placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Auburn University was the only school to have four students finish in the top 10 of the competition.
“It really speaks to the quality of our students to not only compete against students from hotel and restaurant management programs from around the world that are much bigger than we are, but to perform so well against them,” said David Martin, assistant professor in Auburn’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management.