Published on February 27, 2012 by Philip Poole  

When internationally-acclaimed Birmingham chef Chris Hastings won the Iron Chef competition on The Food Network Feb. 26, 1996 Samford alumna Tena Payne contributed to his victory. Payne's pottery is used at Hastings' Birmingham restaurant, and he used it to serve his winning recipe on the show. As a result, Payne's creations are getting national and international attention.

The Birmingham News also featured Payne in a Feb. 28 story.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.