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2nd Annual Novato Youth Chili Academy a Tasty Success!

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan, Novato Youth Center's Cheryl Paddack & Fire District's Eric Mesenburg holding a $10,000 check presented by Leslie Horak of PG&E
Novato Mayor Eric Lucan, Novato Youth Center's Cheryl Paddack & Fire District's Eric Mesenburg holding a $10,000 check presented by Leslie Horak of PG&E

Novato's Fire Fighter Chefs joined forces with Novato Youth Center's Middle School Youth on March 6th to offer a spicy and fun cook-off for the community while raising funds to support youth programs in Novato. This event offered youth the opportunity to learn cooking skills by teaming up with Novato Fire Foundation's seasoned chefs, and play it forward by inviting the community to taste the results. A judging panel, raffle, great food, music & a slide show, cooking tips and our generous sponsors made this a successful event.

Many Thanks to our Judging Panel: Mayor Eric Lucan, City of Novato;     Charlotte Shell, Novato Youth Center Board of Directors; and Lj Silverman, Novato Fire Foundation & Novato Fire District Board of Directors & Leslie Horak, PG&E Community Relations

This delicious fun and learning experience was made possible by: 
5-Alarm Sponsor: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, who presented a check for 10,000! 
3-Alarm Sponsors: Bank of Marin ; W. Bradley Electric, Inc.http://www.wbeinc.com/ 
1-Alarm Sponsors: San Francisco Fire Credit Union; Coree and Troy Cameron
And other Event Sponsor, Umpqua Bank

All proceeds from the event, a partnership between the Novato Youth Center and the Novato Fire Foundation, will support youth programming provided by both organizations.

All proceeds from the event, a partnership between the Novato Youth Center and the Novato Fire Foundation, will support youth programming provided by both organizations.

2014  Novato Youth Chili Academy Winners: 

Best Presentation:"The Rockstars of Chii" led Chef Owen Valuch with youth Nick Espinal, Chris Morales & Fernando Loza.

Most Inspirational:
"The Chili Chefs" led by Chef Marvin Blandon with youth Citlali Magana, Stephanie Ramos & Melissa Elizarraras.

Best Spriit:
"The Chili Bros" led by Chef Doug Fernandez with youth Ismael Resendiz, Francisco Lara, Francisco Funes & Nathum Segura.

Most Creative:
"Chili Exploders" led by Chef Nick Zagaris with youth Bella Mancillas, Andrea Martinez & Jennifer Cruz-Fajardo.

Judges Choice:
"Men Can Cook" led by Chef Marc Teldeschi with youth Diego Reyes, Miguel Caro, Del Castillo & Oscar Reyes

People's Choice:
"Men Can Cook" 

To learn more, click here: www.novatoyouthcenter.org

To read what Novato Mayor Eric Lucan had to say about the event, click here:http://novato.patch.com/groups/eric-lucans-blog/p/mayors-weekly-mar-3--mar-9?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post&newsRef=true


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