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Chief Ron Siarnicki, Firehouse Kitchen’s Ray Cooney Judge America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest

The results are in…

America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest - Jeremy Chauvin
Congratulations to Jeremy Chauvin of St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Service, Station 65 (Edgard, LA) for his winning recipe in the Hormel Chili “America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest!” He dedicated his recipe to his brother, Spencer Chauvin, a firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2016. Jeremy will receive $10,000 for his station. The other finalists included Andrew Dresher, Union Deposit Volunteer Fire Company 47 (Hershey, PA) and Craig Weinbaum, Greater Naples Fire and Rescue District – Station 21 (Naples, FL). Andrew and Craig each received $2,500 for their fire stations as finalists.

Our thanks to Hormel Chili for their outstanding support of the U.S. Fire Service and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In addition to the prizes for the winning contestants, Hormel Chili donated $20,000 to the NFFF to help fulfill our mission of honoring the fallen and assisting their families.

Thank you to everyone!

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the New York City Fire Museum, Retired FDNY Firefighter and host of the television show, Firehouse Kitchen, will be deciding who makes America’s Best Firehouse Chili.

Nothing elicits a sense of pride at fire stations across the country quite like a firehouse kitchen that produces quality eats, especially chili. That’s why the makers of HORMEL® Chili are working to highlight the underappreciated cooking talents of firefighters everywhere, while also giving firehouses across the country a chance to win $10,000.

Teaming up with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the makers of HORMEL® Chili conducted the “America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest” over a three-month period to discover the best firehouse chili recipe in America. Firefighters were encouraged to submit their best chili recipe to Hormel’s Facebook page for judging. Host of the cooking show “Firehouse Kitchen” and retired FDNY firefighter, Ray Cooney, has been judging entries and narrowing the field down to the top 10. From there, consumers voted on their favorite recipes through the contest website to determine the three finalists, Jeremy Chauvin- Edgard, LA – St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Service, Station 65, Andrew Dresher- Hershey, PA – Union Deposit Volunteer Fire Company 47 and Craig Weinbaum – Naples, FL – Greater Naples Fire and Rescue District – Station 21. Those finalists will be flown to New York City to compete in a live chili cook-off for a chance to win $10,000 for their station. Judging of recipes will be based on originality, potential of flavor (flavor profile) and inspiration behind each recipe submission.


America's Best Firehouse Chili Contestant - Andrew Dresher

Andrew Dresher

Union Deposit Volunteer
Fire Company 47
Hershey, PA

America's Best Firehouse Chili

America's Best Firehouse Chili Contestant - Jeremy Chauvin

Jeremy Chauvin

St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Service, Station 65
Edgard, LA

America's Best Firehouse Chili

America's Best Firehouse Chili Contestant - Craig Weinbaum

Craig Weinbaum

Greater Naples Fire and Rescue District – Station 21
Naples, FL

America's Best Firehouse Chili


To conclude the competition, the makers of HORMEL® Chili will be presenting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with a donation of $20,000. The grand prize-winning station will receive $10,000, as well as chili to stock their kitchen. Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500 for their station, along with chili for their kitchens, as well.

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