The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire chefs at Engine and Truck Company No. Eight today came away as the victors in a heated competition with the Giant Eagle Market District chefs at a chili cook-off held at the Citiparks Farmers’ Market in East Liberty.
Farmers’ market patrons were invited to sample four chili recipes before voting for their favorite – and the crowd chose Firefighter Matt Bachner’s spicy-sweet “Backdraft” chili recipe as the winner.
“While the firefighters of Engine 8 have earned bragging rights, everyone came away from this event a winner,” according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “Not only was $1,000 raised for worthy charities, but City residents of all ages also were able learn more about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.”
All money collected at the event will benefit the competitors’ chosen charities: Muscular Dystrophy Association Burn Camp (Station No. 8) and East End Cooperative Ministry (Giant Eagle Market District).
In addition to hosting the chili cook-off, firefighters distributed fire safety information, and interested residents were able to sign up for a smoke detector for their home as part of the Bureau’s Smoke Detector Program. Younger residents also had the opportunity to climb aboard a fire truck, try on firefighting gear, and hold the equipment used by Pittsburgh firefighters.