In an intense yet friendly competition, California State Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani emerged victorious to lay claim as Capitol Roller, signifying California’s top legislative sushi maker.

The competition was part of the eighth annual California Rice Commission (CRC) Circle of Life Luncheon.

"This was a lot of fun," Galgiani said. "It's wonderful to be able to highlight the contributions of the rice industry of California, and to think about how much we’re able to enjoy all of the benefits – promoting open space, wildlife habitat and creating jobs through processing and exports."

The competitors received expert coaching in making a California roll from Billy Ngo, executive chef of Kru Restaurant in Sacramento.

About 100 people attended the luncheon, which also included the CRC awarding its Circle of Life Award to UC Cooperative Extension, for creating a unique and innovative partnership with California rice farmers to strengthen their environmental contributions.