Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra
10th Sustainment Brigade PAO
The 543rd Quartermaster Company held a chili cook-off Thursday in the company headquarters to boost morale.
The idea came to fruition when Soldiers were talking about who can make the best chili, said 1st Sgt. Axel Fontenot, senior enlisted adviser for 543rd Quartermaster Company.
Soldiers defended their dishes, but there was only one way to put the discussion to rest: a cook-off.
As lunch time came around, 11 entries were placed on tables and prepared for the judging to commence.
Two Soldiers from 10th Sustainment Brigade were invited to act as judges and pick a winner. The Soldiers in the company also had a vote in deciding who would reign supreme.
Soldiers lined up, approached the tables and tasted the different chili dishes before they cast a vote on a piece of paper.
The event allowed some Soldiers to do something they truly enjoy doing.
“I love to cook,” said Yarmica Johnson, a receiving section noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to 543rd Quartermaster Company. “It built up my confidence.”
After the judges and every Soldier had an opportunity to taste the dishes, a decision was made. The judges and the Soldiers both chose the same dish as the best.
Sgt. Jesse Short, a standard Army maintenance information system NCOIC assigned to 543rd Quartermaster Company, said he tried to tell Soldiers in the company that his chili is without equal, but they didn’t listen.
Short was able to prove he made the best chili with the unanimous decision.
“My chili is the best,” he said.
The event was considered a success and will likely be repeated.
“Once a month we are going to try and incorporate a cooking event,” Fontenot said.
The next event is scheduled to be a rice cook-off.