The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire chefs at Engine and Truck Company No. Eight today came away as the victors in a heated rematch with the Giant Eagle Market District chefs at the second annual 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 Engine Eight’s spicy-sweet “Backdraft” chili recipe – winner of last year's competition – as the grand prize winner again this year.
“While the firefighters of Engine Eight have earned bragging rights, everyone came away from this event a winner,” according to firefighter Jim McGinley, who organized the event. “Not only was $900 donated to the Salvation Army, but City residents of all ages also were able learn more about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.”
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.