National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Partners with HORMEL for Chili Contest

May 16, 2017

Nothing elicits a sense of pride at fire stations across the country quite like a firehouse kitchen that produces quality eats, especially chili. That's why the makers of HORMEL Chili are working to highlight the underappreciated cooking talents of firefighters everywhere, while also giving firehouses across the country a chance to win $10,000.

Teaming up with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the makers of HORMEL Chili will conduct the "America's Best Firehouse Chili Contest" to discover the best firehouse chili recipe in America. The brand officially kicked off their partnership with the NFFF at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) on April 24, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"The makers of HORMEL Chili are proud to work with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation because they not only do so much for active firefighters, but also work continuously to honor fallen firefighters and their families," said Mark Beierle, HORMEL Chili brand manager. "Our company has great respect for the NFFF and help raise money nationwide for the families of these fallen heroes."

The contest will take place over three months, where firefighters will be encouraged to submit their best chili recipe to for judging. Host of the cooking show "Firehouse Kitchen" and retired NYC firefighter, Ray Cooney, will be judging initial entries and narrowing the field down to the top 10. From there, consumers will be allowed to vote on their favorite recipes through the contest website to determine the three finalists. Those finalists will be flown to New York City to compete in a live chili cook-off for a chance to win $10,000 for their station. Judging of recipes will be based on originality, potential of flavor (flavor profile) and inspiration behind each recipe submission.

"The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is very excited about this opportunity to partner with the makers of HORMEL Chili on this fun and dynamic event," said Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. "We are also grateful for Hormel Food's generous support of the Foundation and the fire service, as well as their commitment to heightening awareness about our mission to a broader audience."

To conclude the competition, the makers of HORMEL Chili will be presenting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with a donation of $20,000. The grand prize-winning station will receive $10,000, as well as chili to stock their kitchen. Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500 for their station, along with chili for their kitchens, as well.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®SPAM®Hormel® Natural Choice®Applegate®Justin's®Wholly Guacamole®Hormel®Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the ninth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future - Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ - focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit and

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters.

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