UH won two competitions versus Rice this year during the Bayou Bucket matchup, one on the field and one in the tailgating area. Although Rice took home the trophy for Judge’s Choice for the UH vs. Rice Chili Cook-off, UH was the favorite among tailgaters receiving the People’s Choice award.

The tradition of the chili cook-off began three years ago as a way to showcase the talented chefs and get students involved. The cooks reported to their stations around noon the afternoon before the football game on October 27 to begin preparing their chili masterpieces.

“This was my first time planning the chili cook off and I must say, I had a blast doing it,” said Billy Garner, Marketing Coordinator for Auxiliary Services. “The event turned out really well and we all had fun being a part of it!”

This year, UH was represented by Chef Brent Gorman and two students who won a cook-off challenge last month, Victoria Kinabo and Jeffrey Clark. Rice’s cook-off team included its chefs Sarah Finster, Caesar Tovar, Ian Kenetic and Rice student Zach Marx-Kuo. Rice’s chili creation was a tangy chili using nontraditional ingredients such as roasted peppers and coffee-flavored beer. They topped it off with a creamy sauce and a cracker in the shape of an owl. UH went with a more traditional chili using top sirloin, vegetables and seasonings to make a spicy chili with a hearty flavor. The UH team topped it off with shredded cheese and chives.

Judges representing both schools along with a mutual judge, Chef Tarsha Gary from Crave Gourmet Bakery and Catered Café, tested the chili to decide which batch was the favorite. Students and other members of the UH community were invited to also taste the chili and cast their votes for the People’s Choice award. Rice received the trophy for Judge’s Choice with a score of 100-94 while UH won the People’s Choice award with a score of 39-28.

Thanks to all that came out to support UH! UH plans to reclaim the trophy and win both awards next year. For more information on UH University Services, visit www.uh.edu/us.