HARLEM - Victory was sweet and slightly spicy for Brice Salley, his granddaughter Penny Salley and David Bullard, the winning team of Saturday's inaugural Mayor's Chili Challenge in Harlem.
"It's the chili that has something for everybody," Mr. Bullard said. The team described their tomato and ground beef-based chili as flavorful and spicy, but not too spicy.
Brice Salley, right, his granddaughter Penny Salley and her boyfriend David Bullard won the first place prize and people's choice awards during the Mayor's Chili Challenge in Harlem. Harlem Mayor Scott Dean, left, came in second and Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley, second from left, came in third.
Photo by J. Scott Trubey
The Mayor's Chili Challenge is part of Harlem's First Saturday, which is designed to promote local businesses and get people to shop downtown, said Harlem Mayor Pro Tem Robin Root, who along with Kathy Ham of the Oliver Hardy Museum, created the challenge.
Six teams participated and about 60 people purchased tickets to vote for the best cook.
The other award winners were Harlem Mayor Scott Dean and Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley, who came in second and third respectively.
Talking about the heat of his chili, Mayor Dean said, "I brought it (the heat) down so we mere mortals could eat it."
Mayor Kelley, who many taste-testers agreed prepared the spiciest chili in the challenge, said he went heavy on the red pepper to keep with the spirit of chili.
"This ain't stew we're cooking here," he said. "It's the kind of chili you want to eat on a cold winter day like today. It'll make you tingle inside. If you got sinus problems, we'll clear you up."