Firefighter cooks show off their most delicious dishes
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.
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.