Fire Police are champs at Firefighters Food Face-Off

If you never thought that the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol could be just as handy at the grill as they are providing life-saving assistance in town, then you are in for a surprise.

The Fire Police Patrol is now the proud owner of a magnificent trophy, a $500 gift card to Fairway Market and bragging rights since they were the winning team in the Second Annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off held on June 16, in the parking lot of the Stamford store. The team will also receive a Fairway Market shopping night in which a portion of all proceeds will go to Neighbor to Neighbor’s food bank, a charity chosen by the patrol.

Watched and cheered on by a huge crowd, which got to also enjoy samples of food from the competing teams and from many Fairway Market vendors, Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol competed in a grilling “throw down” against Noroton Heights Fire Department and Belltown Fire Department, to see whose ribs, burgers and vegetable skewers were best. And when all was said and done, it was the fire police patrol that stood tallest.


According to the judges, the contest was considered “very close”, but no one could match the crew from Cos Cob.

The judges based their decision on taste, originality and the use of poblano peppers, which was the secret ingredient that had to be incorporated into the burgers. This ingredient wasn’t even announced until just as the grilling got underway, increasing the challenge for the chefs.

Patrolman and past President Joe Kaliko said it was “a wonderful community event.”

“Fairway has generously supported our Patrol and other firefighters in the area and it was an honor to participate in the 2012 Firefighters Face-Off Competition,” he added. “We worked hard, had lots of fun and look forward to taking on any and all challengers in 2013.”

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