PNWU Team Dethroned As Former Chili Champs Return With a (Tri-) Chip on Their Shoulders
On Saturday, October 27, a team of PNWU employees strutted into the Selah Civic Center as the reigning Chili Cook Off champions.
The team -- which featured Anita Cleary, Angie Girard, Dr. Julie Randolph-Habecker and Jameson Watkins -- had their award-winning recipe mastered and ready to astound judge’s taste buds once again. Unfortunately, despite Watkins' former membership in the International Chili Society (not a joke), a former championship chili squad was also in attendance, and had something to prove.
“We stuck with last year’s winning recipe,” said Watkins, “but the former champions responded by upping their game to a completely different level.”
Boiling for over a year in the crock-pot of culinary defeat, the former-champions returned to the Civic Center with a smoked tri-trip chili recipe, which Watkins described as “really good,” adding, “they deserved the win.” Don’t expect to find Watkins, or any of the PNWU Chili Cook Off team, wallowing in defeat following their second-place finish, however.
“We didn’t win, but I wouldn’t say it was a loss,” he explained. “The end result is that everyone attending had phenomenal food and we helped raise even more money this year for pet rescue.”
“The real champions are the Yakima Valley Pet Rescue volunteers, who work tirelessly all year long to help pets in need,” added Anita Cleary, PNWU Library Director.