Originally posted on WFLA-8

Devin Davis and Kirsten Mathers recently returned from Perugia, Italy where they competed in the Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest. Mathers, a creative person with “a passion toward the beauty and power of food,” left her job as a bank teller in Minnesota in December to pursue an associate of arts degree in culinary arts at the Art Institute in Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. Davis, a 2014 honors graduate from Seffner Christian Academy, likes math but has always loved cooking. Since he was 12, he has competed and won many culinary contests. He entered the Food Network’s Chopped Scholarship Competition and won a $40,000 Art Institute of Tampa scholarship. He began working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in culinary management in July 2014 and has continued to win contests sponsored by entities like the American Culinary Federation. Clyde Tanner, academic department director-culinary at Art Institute of Tampa, surprised Davis and Mathers by telling them in November that he volunteered them to represent the Tampa campus in a truffle contest. ” Davis and Mathers made a truffle-stuffed rabbit loin with braised rabbit leg, fresh spinach pasta, fried quail egg, truffle jus and shaved black truffles and a truffle soufflé with hazelnut syrup, truffle brown-sugar crumble and truffle ice cream.