Chili Throwdown raises more than $3,000 for United Way

Culinary creativity met comfort food in Commons Dining Hall on Nov. 26 at Yale Dining’s fifth annual Chili Throwdown competition. 

Twenty-three participants from departments across the university concocted their own special chili recipes for the event, which raised $3,060 for the Yale-United Way campaign.

Almost 350 people attended the event, sampling the different types of chili and submitting their votes for the People’s Choice Award. In addition to this prize, the judges — Yale College Dean Mary Miller; Ron DeSantis, Yale Dining’s director of Culinary Excellence; and David Kuzma, executive chef, Yale catering — presented awards for first, second, and third place.

Based on the judge’s votes, Stephen Ackley-Ortiz, director of alumni affairs at the Law School, was awarded first place. (His recipe was # 14). Second place went to Chris Carbone, Yale Catering cook (recipe # 1), and Rafi Taherian, executive director of Yale Dining took third place (recipe # 23). William Ojeda, rounds cook at Davenport College, was the crowd favorite, winning the People’s Choice Award with his concoction (recipe #7).

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