FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Culinary students and 2 Brothers
to spice things up at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s culinary arts
students will spice things up thanks to 2 Brothers of West Point.
Culinary students will be challenged to come up with original recipes
using the 2 Brothers Original Grillin’ Sauce and Seasoning as part of a
contest on Friday, April 30. The contest will be held at noon on campus
in Shattuck Hall.
The brand is a venture of the grandchildren of the Bryan family to get
back into the food business using family recipes, according to Mike
Reilly, director of sales and marketing.
The line is named after John and W.B. Bryan, the brothers who began
Bryan Packing in 1936 in West Point, and is a continuance of the long
association between the Bryans and Southern family recipes.
Behind the 2 Brothers name are partners Wilkes Bryan and Bill Atkins.
“Wilkes’ family has been in the meat business for generations, and,
through, Old Waverly Golf Club, Wilkes has been in the food service
business for 15 years,” Atkins said. “I’ve worked at Bryan Foods for 12
years. Food is not just our corporation, it’s our passion.”
Reilly said, “The product is being used mainly on meat, but also is
great on salads, scrambled eggs and even popcorn.”
Culinary students’ will be put to the test to come up with unique and
A panel of local celebrity judges will score the recipes on creativity,
taste and presentation.
The first place winner will garner a $1,000 scholarship for the year and
the second place winner will receive a Viking professional chef’s knife.
The third place winner will receive a 2 Brothers chef coat. All
participants will receive an award.
In addition to prizes, the top three recipe finalists will be invited to
prepare their culinary creations at Columbus Market Street Festival on
Saturday, May 1.
Ten to 12 culinary students are expected to compete, according to Dr.
James Fitzgerald, associate professor.
“The advantage is this contest is a learning experience. A scholarship
will be awarded and this means a lot to the students.”
MUW’s Culinary Arts Institute is one of the few programs of its kind in
the nation offering a baccalaureate degree.