Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Its ON!

My roommate and I have decided to enter the 16th Annual CIA Chili Cook-off.

Chili is both one of my favorite dishes to eat and cook so this should prove to be, if anything, fun.

First step is submitting a recipe for review. The top 8 recipes will be chosen to compete in the actual cook-off.

Its one of the biggest in school competitions we have, also yielding the largest first place prize...8oo$, and bragging rights that you make the best damn chili on the CIA campus. The moneys nice, but man the bragging rights are awesome!

After I submit our recipe and hear if we made it to the finals I will share it with you all


Gary said...

"...bragging rights that you make the best damn chili on the CIA campus"?

Really -- does Jim Heywood still teach there? Why do I ask? Because if you haven't tasted "Big Jim's Hogbreath Chili" you've missed an essential, if unofficial, part of your education!(Paul Bocuse once described Chef Heywood as "Le Roi de Chili")

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redman said...

is female chef heywood still there?

The Foodist said...


I want to say yes but cant say for certain.

The Foodist said...


Seems I may have made a mistake. It seems Chef Heywood retired from the CIA in 2006.

A week before I began to attend classes here there was a chef who died from complications of Diabeties. For a long time now I could have sworn it was Chef Heywood.

I was wrong.

BUT, they still did remove the chili from lunch rotation which in my opinion was a crime against tastebuds.

Looks like I will have to look more closesly before I respond on some subjects! Im going to chalk this up to a learning experience.

Gary said...

Big Jim was an amazing asset for the school. He was a student in the first CIA class (in CT), he is delightfully outspoken, and a master of the sort of one-liner metaphors as could never be printed in either official or family-oriented documents.

When I knew him, he taught Charcuterie and Garde Manger. Because of our mutual love of all things containing capsaicin, he once got me assigned as a judge in an ICS chili cook-off. I can send you an account, off-list, if you like.

Aside to Redman: His wife, Liz, left the institute sometime shortly before I did -- which is say over six years ago.

The Foodist said...


I would be delighted to have an account of that cook off! Thanks.

I know for a fact that Chef Heywood is still considered a huge assest to this school. When chefs speak of him its of nothing but respect and admiration.