Winner of HSU’s Chili Cook-Off Reveals Name of Secret Ingredient


The chili cook-off team of Drew Doss and Dylan Hernandez is more than happy to share the ingredients of its winning pot of chili. Doss, a junior ministry major from San Angelo, Texas, and Hernandez, a senior sport/fitness/management major from Dallas, Texas, are the winners of the Hardin-Simmons University chili cook-off and the grand prize of $200.

Six pots of chili were offered for the tasting in Moody Center, all prepared by student teams or individual students. “Anybody who walked in could taste and judge the chili,” said Brady DuBose, an exercise science major from Houston and one of the student helpers tallying the votes. “We had 76 people fill out the judging forms, voting on best presentation, most creative, and then the overall winning pot of chili for taste or for whatever reason they liked it the best.”

Koby Kendrick of Poteet, Texas, earning a master’s degree in environmental management, said he made his venison chili early this morning. “I’m a hunter and fisherman; when I saw the flyer last week advertising the chili cook-off, I decided to try my hand at it since I already had all of the ingredients. I wanted to do something different, so I used deer meat.”

“We started cooking our chili last night about 9 o’clock,” said Dylan of the winning team of Chef Boy-R-Eddie, named for Dylan’s uncle who passed away two weeks ago. “That’s what my uncle liked to call himself, so we decided that would be the name of our team.”

Drew will only admit to beef, beans, chili powder, chili peppers, tomato paste, tomatoes, serrano peppers, and brown sugar. “We browned the beef and added the secret ingredient last night at Drew’s,” said Dylan. “The hardest part for me was transporting the hot chili back to my house where it cooked in a crock pot for 10 hours.”

Dylan said the Voodoo seasoning is definitely his favorite part. “But that’s Drew’s recipe,” he said, “and I don’t really know what’s in it.”

While Drew does not mind describing what is in the rest of his chili, what is in his special Voodoo seasoning will have to remain a mystery.

Winner of Best Presentation is Joel Templeton, a junior from Cotton Center, Texas; and the winners of the Most Creative are David Sutherland of Arlington, Texas, and Mason Willis of San Antonio, Texas.


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