Anyone can see that Jane Elith is an accomplished quantitative ecologist, but she’s also earned a reputation as a warm and generous colleague. This is why, for more than a decade, Jane’s research lab has celebrated her birthday with a culinary competition.
Mark Burgman has been known to brag for weeks of his ‘secret weapon this year’, others share family recipes or recent fancies, and a few creative types focus on striking presentation. Everyone gets to know each other better over a fabulous lunch, and a few lucky entrants win prizes like plastic dinosaur figurines, lemon-juicing gadgets, and grape-flavoured marshmallows.
Here’s a slide show of the 2015 proceedings, held on Monday October 12. Congratulations to this year’s Grand Prize Winner Yung En Chee, for her hand-crafted onigiri and trio of Japanese-style pickles.