Career briefs

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Washington Duke chef wins first round of competition

DURHAM -- Jason Cunningham, a chef at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, won the first round of his competition in the statewide chef competition “Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series: Fire In the Triangle.”

The competition aims to highlight the best of North Carolina’s food, agriculture and culinary talent. After beating Brian Battistella and his team from Battistella’s in the first round, Cunningham is moving on in the competition.

Cunningham and his team will compete July 29 against John Childers from Herons at Umstead Hotel and Spa.

Hosted at 1705 Prime in Raleigh, the competitive dinner series began July 8 and concludes on Aug. 19. Each evening, two restaurants “battle” it out side-by-side in a single elimination format. Paying guests eat a six-course menu with three dishes from each chef -- without knowing whose food they’re tasting.

The dinners are created around a featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer. The ingredient is revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking, and it must be used in each of the three courses.

Videri Chocolate was the secret ingredient presented to Cunningham and his team in the competition’s first round.

At stake in each series is a grand prize of $2,000, a handmade chef knife, and a red chef jacket. The runner-up receives $500.

RTI scientist to serve as chair of NIH section

DURHAM -- Eric Johnson, a senior research scientist at RTI International, has been selected to serve as chair of the Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

The Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section reviews research on the epidemiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse and recovery, and other health behaviors, according to a news release.

In the role, he and members of this study section will contribute to national biomedical research efforts and participate in assuring the quality of the NIH peer review process. He will serve a two-year term.

At RTI, he is the program director of behavioral health epidemiology and serves as principal and co-investigator on several genetic studies of substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV.

Avon products representative recognized

CEDAR GROVE - Avon Products, Inc. announced that Cedar Grove Avon representative Judith Pope has been recognized among the beauty company’s top U.S. representatives.

The company recently awarded Pope, along with other top Avon representatives at the company's annual President's Recognition Program Celebration, a tropical trip to Honolulu to celebrate their success.

Avon's President's Recognition Program Celebration is an annual event that brings together the nation's top achieving representatives who have distinguished themselves as top performers in sales or leadership.

The group of Avon representatives celebrated their accomplishments with a six-day, five-night trip to Hawaii June 21-26. They were recognized for their achievements with a Recognition Gala that was hosted by Avon Executives.

Easter Seals UCP announces chief development officer for NC and VA

RALEIGH – Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia has hired Peggy Shriver as the organization’s chief development officer.

In this role, Shriver will provide vision and leadership for Easter Seals UCP philanthropic priorities and goals throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

She has a background in fund development, building effective fundraising teams and developing long-term relationships and connections with non-profit supporters and corporate partners.

She and her family recently relocated to Cary from Michigan, where she was the executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan.

Easter Seals UCP is a partner to people managing disabilities and mental health challenges. Established in 1945, our nonprofit serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families across North Carolina and Virginia through an array of community-based services and solutions.