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TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition

Firefighter cooks show off their most delicious dishes

TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition

Trading in their turnout coats and Scott packs for aprons and spice racks, firefighters across the U.S. competed for the title of America’s “Hottest” Firehouse Cook and a $10,000 Grand Prize in the TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition.

TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® 2008 winner Tracy Moore accepts her check

2008 winner Tracy Moore accepts her check.

The first TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition took place in New York City in 1994 at The French Culinary Institute, and evolved into a series of regional cook-offs staged throughout the United States in 1995 and 1996. In 2000, McIlhenny Company held the first-ever national TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition in New York City at The Institute of Culinary Education. The second was held in 2002, and the competition continued cooking until its final year in 2008.