Fire in the Hole at Sunday’s Smashing Chili Chowdown

Co-chefs "Chef Pete" Nolasco and Zoe Muller spice it up.

Not just a euphemism anymore, Fire in the Hole was the name of Medical City’s entry in Sunday’s chili cook-off at The Dallas Farmers Market where pro (and semi-pro) teams from Le Cordon Bleu, Northwood Club, Chef’s Pete’s Catering, The French Room, and El Centro Culinary School, faced off against contenders from Mama D and Medical City (as well as an enthusiastic entry calling themselves The Chili Chicks) to benefit the Texas Chefs Association and Friends of the Dallas Farmers Market.

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Just as the names of entries ranged from the whimsical (El Centro’s Smashing Pumpkin Chili) to the literal (Le Cordon Bleu/Alexandria Club’s Smoked Corn Chili with Cumin Creme, Cilantro Essence and Queso Fresco), so did the costumes. Chef Pete Nolasco and Chef Zoe Muller hammed it up as a devilishly good duo, while The French Room‘s team tried to one-up the competition by donning homemade “I Heart Mo” t-shirts. (Mo, in case you’re wondering, was chair of the competition).

Attendees chowed-down on mini-cups (10 for $10) and voted with their taste buds. Rankings were awarded in the Overall and People’s Choice categories:

  • 1st Place: El Centro College’s Culinary Student Association’s “Foggy Bottom River Chili”
  • 2nd Place: Chef Aimee‘s Private Chef and Catering
  • 3rd Place: Medical City of Dallas
  • People’s Choice Award: El Centro College’s Warriors of Lone Star and their “World Famous 3rd Place Chili”
Jennifer Hunter shows off The French Room's "I Heart Mo" t-shirts (left), Erin Quinn charms samplers at the Le Cordon Bleu/Alexandria Club booth
Smoked Corn Chili
Mama D Chivo Bolillo samples.
The Chili Chicks Elizabeth Dunbar, Jenae Rudinger, Ragin Bryan, and Hilary Rivera