What’s Cooking for Teens Chili Cook Off

What’s Cooking for Teens Chili Cook Off

On January 14, 2013, the Dryden High School Grade 9 cooking class and the City of Dryden Fire Service saw a year-long challenge come to an end with a Chili Cook Off.

The challenge stemmed from What’s Cooking for Teens, a program being taught to the Grade 9 cooking class. The Dryden firefighters had discussed with the students how they can cook some of the best food around. This is did not sit too well with the class, and so the challenge began.

Reagan Breeze, Emergency and Education Officer for the City of Dryden Fire Service, spent a full day trying to perfect a chili for the Cook Off, with assistance from firefighter Jaime Cran. Once they created their best chili, they put it to the test.

Students of the Dryden High School Grade 9 cooking class serve themselves some chili as part of the Chili Cook Off with the City of Dryden Fire Service.

Students of the Dryden High School Grade 9 cooking class serve themselves some chili as part of the Chili Cook Off with the City of Dryden Fire Service.

The day of the Cook Off had come. There were three judges including Ken Kurz, Acting Fire Chief for the City of Dryden Fire Service, Kathy McConnachie, Principal, Dryden High School and Jennifer McMaster, Vice-Principal, Dryden High School.

The job of the three judges was to test six different chilies from the Grade 9 class and the two chilies made by the City of Dryden Fire Service. They were judged on taste, texture and creativity. When the results were announced, the City of Dryden Fire Service had its two chilies tie for third place, coming in second was a chili from the Grade 9 class and Byron McKenzie, Dryden High School cooking class teacher for the Grade 9s, coming in first!

“The event and cooking safety program was very well received by the students and a lot was learned by all that participated,” said Breeze. “This was a great event and the students had the opportunity to be on television. It was televised on SHAW Cable.”

A date has been set for next year’s Chili Cook Off and the City of Dryden Fire Service is ready for a first place finish.

What’s Cooking for Teens is a fire safety program that focuses on the leading causes of kitchen fires and how to avoid them. The materials for this program are available on request at OFM.Pubed@Ontario,ca.