Heating things up for AER
April 18, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's third annual chili cook off fundraiser for the Army Emergency Relief netted $425 in just an hour and a half April 17.
The winners are:
Best Presentation: Sgt. 1st Class Tanya Savell-Marzan
Most Unique Chili Name: Robin Stuart with Robin's Fantasma El Loco
Best Taste: Gwen Kingery, first; Carrie David, second; Bob Hirschbuehler, third
Most Exotic Taste: Stacey McSweeney, first; Robin Stuart, second; William Ransom, third
"I was glad that everyone liked my chili," Stuart said. "My three hardest critics, my sons, at home gave me average reviews which had me worried, but like I tell them, 'Mas picante, mas sabroso' ('mo hotter, 'mo better)."
There were 15 chilis available for sampling, but only 12 were entered into the contest. They ranged in tastes from spicy hot to sweet, and included vegetarian, chicken and buffalo, as well as more traditional varieties.
The judges for the chili cook off were: Col. James Jenkins, chief of staff; Lt. Col. Gregory Ash, deputy chief of staff, G-1; and Sgt. Maj. John Mattie, G-3 sergeant major.
"This is my third year in a row to judge," Mattie said. "It is a great opportunity to judge some mighty-fine chili that the SMDC workforce provides, but more importantly is that this is used to support the Army Emergency Relief fund and this is really the reason we do this, to support our Soldiers."