A culinary challenge for the chiefs

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Intense situations are commonplace for employees with the Grove City Division of Police and the Jackson Township Fire Department, but nothing could really prepare them for the action that took place this month. On Aug. 20, Fire Chief Randy Little, Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Quincel, Battalion Chief Jason Burley and firefighter Jason Adams engaged in a furious battle against incoming Police Chief Richard Fambro, his girlfriend Dana Moore, and 911 manager Kelley Davison for the affection of the farmers market crowd as they determined which department possessed the most mouth-watering culinary skills during the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 6th annual Chief’s Challenge. Having furiously cooked up a menu that consisted of grilled honey-lime cilantro chicken, Mexican street corn and a cold peach smoothie to wash down the food, the fire crew was certain they would take top honors once again. “It belongs with us,” said Little. However, Fambro and his team believed they would take home the coveted trophy with their menu that consisted of chicken and noodles, Mexican street corn salad, and a peach foster served with vanilla ice cream. “We have the winning recipes,” said Fambro. Much to the faux disgust of the fire crew, the police department and their culinary dishes were announced as the recipients of the 2022 Chief’s Challenge. Shown here begrudgingly passing over the trophy to Fambro is Little, who said they would just have to work harder next year to make sure the prize goes back to the department where it “rightfully belongs.”
Jason Burley carefully tends to the grilled honey-lime cilantro chicken. A majority of the ingredients the two departments used came from the local farmers market. The winning menu was determined by four judges picked from the audience.
Little checks on the corn.
Richard Fambro prepares to plate the food for the hungry masses. Fambro said he could not have won this challenge without the assistance of Moore and Davidson. “I can barely boil water so this is all because of them,” he quipped.
The crowd gathers to sample the goods.
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