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Published in CenterView on February 27, 2012

Taste 2012: UMMC Alliance's annual culinary competition

See photos from the 22nd annual Taste of the U event and view the list of winning teams.

Overall Showmanship: Associated Student Body "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Best Taste: Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular Renal Research "The Swamp People Redux"

Best Presentation: Rehabilitation Services "Rowdy Rehab Roundup"

Heart Healthy: The MIND Center

People's Choice: School of Dentistry "The Greatest School on Earth"

Children's Choice: School of Dentistry "The Greatest School on Earth"

The Associated Student Body chef team won the Overall Showmanship award at the 2012 Taste of the U with a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory theme. The team received the Dr. Fine Swine trophy and bragging rights for the entire year.
The Associated Student Body chef team won the Overall Showmanship award at the 2012 Taste of the U with a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory theme. The team received the Dr. Fine Swine trophy and bragging rights for the entire year.

Deborah Hayes from the School of Dentistry, left, presents Robert Day, who performed as part of the team's circus act, The Greatest School on Earth.
Deborah Hayes from the School of Dentistry, left, presents Robert Day, who performed as part of the team's circus act, The Greatest School on Earth.

Members of the Delta Blues Bar team, entered by the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, perform at the 2012 Taste of the U.
Members of the Delta Blues Bar team, entered by the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, perform at the 2012 Taste of the U.

Taste of the U celebrity judges Jill Conner Browne, left, Jeff Good, center, and Dr. Carolyn Meyers, prepare for a dessert sample at the Public Affairs booth, Mad Men & Women.
Taste of the U celebrity judges Jill Conner Browne, left, Jeff Good, center, and Dr. Carolyn Meyers, prepare for a dessert sample at the Public Affairs booth, Mad Men & Women.

Attendees of the 2012 Taste of the U got the chance to sample food and enjoy presentations from 26 themed booths.
Attendees of the 2012 Taste of the U got the chance to sample food and enjoy presentations from 26 themed booths.

Dr. Helen Turner, 2012 Taste of the U honorary chair, receives flowers and news that a scholarship fund was created in her name. Turner, chief academic officer, left, is congratulated by Taste of the U committee chair Laurilyn Fortner, center, and UMMC Alliance president Jenny Mitchell.
Dr. Helen Turner, 2012 Taste of the U honorary chair, receives flowers and news that a scholarship fund was created in her name. Turner, chief academic officer, left, is congratulated by Taste of the U committee chair Laurilyn Fortner, center, and UMMC Alliance president Jenny Mitchell.