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Mark Czajka
Mark Czajka ’89 dishes it out.

Mark Czajka ’89 (printing and applied computer science) has managed to bring his passion for cooking into the workplace – and get his company and colleagues on the TV Food Network.

Czajka, director of new technology for Automated Graphic Systems Inc. in White Plains, Md., is a huge fan of the Iron Chef series. In 2002, he organized an “Iron Chef”-style competition in the electronic products department. Last year, when TVFN asked viewers “How do you Iron Chef?” Czajka told the network about the first contest. Soon after, a TVFN crew came to the company to tape the second competition. The AGS contest was featured in an on-air promotion last fall.

“The competition had 27 participants from around the plant,” says Czajka. Among them were several other RIT grads: Kristi Grady ’00 (printing management), Brian Coache ’87 (printing management), Larry Schindel ’76 (printing management), and Khaled Hadi ’90 (electronic publishing), and co-op Chris Helming. The contestants created dishes using peanut butter as the secret ingredient.

“This was a lot of fun,” says Czajka, who dressed up in a tuxedo and red wig for the event. “It was a great boost for morale.”