Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-02-27

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.

Read more about Payne's pottery in this 2005 story from Seasons magazine.

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