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REPORTING · 17th April 2013
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Senior’s Centre held their First Annual Chili Cook Off on Tuesday, April 15th over lunch. The Centre was packed with hungry residents. Kitimat City Councillors were quite literally serving the community who came out to taste and vote.

“We are having a Kitimat Senior’s Centre First Annual Chili Cook Off. We usually have a monthly lunch and we thought with the relay coming up that the community members might be interested in coming out and checking out the centre and putting some work in for a great cause like the relay,” said Jocelyn Iannarelli.

There were three pots of chili entered in the competition. Pot A was made by the Kitimat Food Share Program and Kitimat Community Services, Pot B was made by Councillor Mary Murphy and supported by Council and Pot C was created by the Kitimat Fire Department.

“It looked like a pretty hotly contested race. There are lots of different tastes and flavours,” said Iannarelli.

The people voted and: In third place were the Food Share with 10 votes. In second place was the Kitimat Fire Department with 15 votes and Kitimat City Council came in first with 17 votes. The winning team received several T-Shirts proclaiming the victory (and the hopes to see them worn at a televised public meeting in the future).

The cook off was successful so it looks like there might be another next year. However, there was a lot of discussion about having a community wide event, something bigger and better to raise money for another cause.