2014 Bastyr “Top Chef” Winners Crowned

Three Bastyr student chefs hold the winning dish.

A trio of Bastyr students took home the top prize at the fourth annual Bastyr Top Chef competition on April 19, 2014. Brandon Testa, Paul Despres and Mason Wallace, working together as “Team Brossica Brothers,” created a winning dish of Fresh Broccoli and Tofu Spring Rolls with Broccoli-Cashew-Lemon-Nettle Sauce.

More than 100 fans and supporters waited in the Bastyr Dining Commons as seven teams of students and staff prepped, cooked and plated dishes in the University's nutrition kitchen. This year, they were tasked with featuring a vegetable and a protein in their dishes, all acquired from local farms and markets. To make the competition more challenging, teams had to work without the help of any technology, instead relying on cookbooks, faculty consultation and their own gut instincts and taste buds.

According to Testa, Team Brossica Brothers made their winning meal using an "intuitive" cooking style and did not  follow an exact recipe, which might make sense since they are all naturopathic medicine students and not nutrition students. Still, they were very happy with their results. “It was such a thrill to have the opportunity to cook with such talented people and then share our meals with everyone in the dining commons. It turned out pretty awesome,” he says.

Clearly, others felt the same way as the team bested the six other groups to stake their claim as Bastyr’s 2014 Top Chef.

“This event was our best one yet! We sold 104 tickets prior to the event, and reached capacity during ticket sales that night,” said Bastyr student and event organizer Liz Potter. “The event was entertaining, organized, and helped to strengthen Bastyr University's support of the community.”

All of the record-breaking proceeds from the sold-out event will benefit Teen Feed, an organization that serves Seattle's homeless youth, with help from the Bastyr University Student Nutrition Association.

"Every dollar from the funds we raised will be used to provide homeless teenagers nutritious meals," Potter says. "So even though only one team was crowned Top Chef, everybody who participated, from teams to cheering fans, ended up feeling like winners."

Having fun and raising money for a worthy cause never tasted so good!



Portraits of the mission

Bastyr University Continues Tradition with Annual Founders’ Awards Dinner

Bastyr University will continue the tradition of honoring alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional and personal achievement as well as loyal service to the University and the field of natural health science with its 2016 Founders’ Awards Fundraising Dinner.
Blood sugar testing kit

Expanded Services for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness

Dr. Brendan Smith, ND, discusses the more holistic approach to diabetes and cardiovascular care that the Bastyr Clinic for Natural Health offers patients.

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD speaking at Bastyr graduation ceremony

VA Leader Focusing on Patient-Centered Care

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, the principal speaker at Bastyr University’s 35th Annual Commencement Exercises, discusses her vision for the future of health care as executive director of the Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

Students Rally for Medicare Inclusion in Washington, DC

Nearly 150 naturopathic medicine supporters from around the country spoke with Congress about Medicare inclusion at the annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI) in May.

In the Media

Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus

September 8Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus:

Jenn Dazey, ND discusses the natural benefits of eucalyptus on page 24 of the April 2020 edition of Prevention Magazine.

Pacific County Program Manager

March 5Health Department Expands Services, brings new People Aboard:

Stephanie Michael, a registered dietician nutritionist, was hired as the county’s Health Services Program manager, and is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Pacific County

February 27Seattle Based Organization Expands Awareness About Naturopathic Medicine: Welcomes Dr. Joe Pizzorno To Board Of Directors:

The Institute of Natural Medicine announces that Dr. Joe Pizzorno has joined their Board of Directors