— Plans for a fictitious Carlsbad development centered on a culinary school with two 150-room hotels, a community garden and office condominiums won first place for a student team from The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at San Diego State University in an April real estate design competition.

The annual competition was sponsored by NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s San Diego chapter, and it featured student teams from SDSU, the University of California, San Diego Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.

Winning SDSU team members were seniors Jeremiah Taylor, Trey Golston, Holly Miller and Shelly Chen and juniors Nick Zalkow and Cristian Goodson.

The challenge was to develop a proposal on how to best use a 26.44 acre vacant site on Avenida Encinitas.

Chen said the SDSU students decided to make a culinary school the centerpiece of their proposal “because we wanted to do something with food. It’s really the one thing that brings people together, no matter what.”

The fictional culinary school would include a teaching kitchen and a restaurant.