Chili Cook-off coming to a boil on Saturday
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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THE CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT team is defending its “People’s Choice” trophy this year in Saturday’s Relay For Life Emergency Services Chili Cook-off, to be held at Bradley Square Mall. Cody Hicks, Robert Cannacella, T.J. Smith, Michael McCabe and Pete VanDusen made up last year’s team.
THE CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT team is defending its “People’s Choice” trophy this year in Saturday’s Relay For Life Emergency Services Chili Cook-off, to be held at Bradley Square Mall. Cody Hicks, Robert Cannacella, T.J. Smith, Michael McCabe and Pete VanDusen made up last year’s team.
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Who has the best? There will be plenty of chili to taste test.

In 2012, chili experts from the Cleveland Fire Department took the “People’s Choice” award for their firehouse chili recipe.

Last year’s team for the inaugural Relay For Life Emergency Services Chili Cook-off was made up of Cody Hicks, Robert Cannacella, T.J. Smith, Michael McCabe and Pete VanDusen.

Can Pete do it again?

The team has a few additions this year.

VanDusen, Smith and Cannacella will return and Eric Freeman, Luke Landers, Josh Mowery, Jonathan Carroll and Micah Akin will join the team.

“This is a great cause. My wife is recovering from cancer, and that is one of the reasons that I do this, plus, it’s just fun competing,” Van Dusen said.

The CFD team typically takes the challenge to Chattanooga as well, and walks away the winner.

CFD took the “Judge’s Choice” award in 2009 in Chattanooga, and “People’s Choice” in 2011.

Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service put a team together for the inaugural cook-off last year.

Clark said earlier this week he may sneak into the individual competition but the BCEMS team of Jada Stewart and Ali Taylor will try to dethrone both the CFD and Bradley County Fire-Rescue teams.

BCFR got the “Top Chili” award in 2012.

The annual Emergency Service Chili Cook-off will be held at Bradley Square Mall Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Cleveland Daily Banner Relay for Life team has opened the door for all emergency service groups to join in to take the crown from the firemen, as well as anyone in the private sector who wants to join in the “Amateur Division.”

“Due to the overwhelming response from the community who are not a part of emergency services organizations, we are expanding the cook-off for anyone else who wants to participate,” according to Angela Mathis, senior community representative of the American Cancer Society for this area.

Tickets can be purchased at the Banner, the Chattanooga American Cancer Society office located on Shallowford Road or by calling 855-2778.

“The $5 ticket allows you to try each of the team’s chili and vote on the People's Choice. There will also be a Judges Choice award for the best chili.

For more information about the chili cook-off for to enter a team, contact the American Cancer Society office at 423-855-2778.

The Collins Brothers Band and No One Special will provide entertainment.

The Disabled American Veterans Car Show will also be held during the event.