Rye Lake Staffers Enjoy Friendly Competition in Chili Cook Off
Students and employees savor different chili recipes during the third annual event
Nine staff members participated in the third annual Rye Lake Super Bowl Chili Cook Off Friday afternoon. Edith Rivera – who used a combination of three meats in her chili – won with 46 votes after coming in third last year. Chef Omar Laaraj took second place, and Principal Scott Kaufman came in third with 29 votes.
As they served students and staff chili out of Crock-Pots, chefs promoted their own entries and jokingly taunted competitors. Ms. Rivera, for example, said that Principal Kaufman’s selection of four cheeses that he grated for each taster, along with fresh lime and chopped scallions “was all smoke and mirrors.” Kristen Grossman plugged her chili by chanting “Eat great. Vote No. 8.”
Chefs put samples in small plastic containers and gave tasters the option of adding cheese, sour cream, olives, chips and other garnishes. Staffer Jack Aiello placed all his containers on a desk and sat down to taste them one by one. “I don’t mess around,” he said, adding that looks for “a little kick” in his chili.
Alexander Rivas Orantes, 17, of Yonkers said he enjoyed being a part of the competition and tasting everyone’s creations. “It’s fun and delicious,” he said.
Thanks to the other chili aficionados who took part in the competition: Michelle Carpiniello, Mitch Cohen, Carl Crump, Charles Mule and Louise Tibaldi. See you next year!