MU food writers gear up for Ireland

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MU food writing team at the University College Cork, Ireland (left to right): Victoria Lock, Kristin Kenneally, Morgan Gunnels, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, and Caitlyn McGuire. Photo by Nina Furstenau


By Maria Kalaitzandonakes

CORK, Ireland – For the next two and a half weeks, we will be your word chefs in Ireland. The Ireland team, Kristin Kenneally, Tori Lock, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, Caitlyn McGuire and Morgan Gunnels, will whip up a blog and churn out a story for each delicious bite as the MU food writers travel through Cork and the surrounding countryside.


Kristin Kenneally

Kristin Kenneally hails from Rossmoor, California and can’t live without chocolate milk. She’s a senior studying journalism at MU, specifically strategic communications, and hopes to work for a sports team post graduation. She’s been Irish dancing her whole life and she’s a die-hard LA Kings fan. She’s got a soft spot for patterned socks and local beers. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes





Victoria Lock

Tori Lock is a Missouri farm girl through and through. She was raised on a beef cattle operation and came to College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to learn how to share agriculture with the public. This Irish excursion is her first time abroad, and although she was nervous, stepping off the plane she smelled cow manure and felt right at home. She’s excited to see how Cork compares in culture, food and farming to her John Deere roots. Lock is a junior studying science and agricultural journalism. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes




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Maria Kalaitzandonakes

Maria Kalaitzandonakes is a Columbia, Missouri native with a mile-long last name. She’s a sucker for wool socks, classic Coca Cola and afternoon naps. She’s fluent in Greek, a little wobbly in Spanish and says “both” with an L, as in “boLth,” like a true Missourian. She’s a senior studying agricultural economics and science and agricultural journalism. Kalaitzandonakes is interested in food security and public policy.






Caitlyn McGuire

Caitlyn McGuire is up for anything except brussel sprouts. She’s a sophomore studying agricultural business management, hoping to work in agricultural sales after graduation. She has double jointed arms and has had braces twice. She was raised by two high school biology teachers who instilled a nutty humor and emphasis on education in her. Ireland is her first trip abroad, and flying here was her very first plane ride. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes





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Morgan Gunnels

Morgan Gunnels is a senior from Plano, Texas studying strategic communication at MU’s School of Journalism. After graduation she hopes to work in health communications. She’s obsessed with Mexican food, Netflix and her labradoodle, Lucy. Depending on the day, her eyes are blue or green. This trip is her first time in Europe, and she’s already in love with the Irish accent. Gunnels hopes to be immersed in the culture and try as many new dishes as possible. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes


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