The Los Angeles Fire Department would like to congratulate two of our firefighters who emerged victorious after participating in a preliminary Firehouse Challenge cook-off today, August 2, 2012. The Firehouse Challenge is part of THE TASTE, an annual event put on by the Los Angeles Times that showcases Southern California's best with a mix of tastings, cooking demos, competitions and panels.
The idea is to create the kind of meal that is made at a fire station for a typical crew to eat. There's a catch, the meal needs to be made for the same cost, averaging only $10-15 a day for lunch and dinner per member.
Nearly three dozen interested firehouse chefs from various local Fire Departments inquired, however only eight provided their best entrée to be judged at today's preliminary cook-off.
Two of L.A.'s bravest stood victorious, Captain Mark Curry and Firefighter Cruz Macias. These two finalists were chosen for a grand, head-to-head cook-off to be held on Labor Day.
Captain Mark Curry (left), L.A. Times Steve Lopez (center), & Firefighter Cruz Macias (right).
The big finale will be held on stage at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as part of the annual food festival THE TASTE, a spectacular three-day event. The event will bring together world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Nancy Silverton, along with our local firehouse gourmets, and backyard burger champs to share their common love of good food and cooking. Feel free to buy a ticket to join in the fun!
Labor Day weekend, September 1-3
Paramount Pictures Studios
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department