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Ashland workers duke it out in chili cook-off

Ashland city employees and volunteers stirred up their best chili concoctions with names such as Fahrenheit 8800, Bachelor Approved, and Burnin’ Ring o’ Fahr, Monday during the second annual chili cook-off at Ashland Fire and Rescue Station No. 1.

In all, 16 entries from firefighters, police and other city workers were judged by Ashland chefs Tom Beam of Pasta Piatti and Sesame, Denise Daehler of Liquid Assets, and Cindy Bernard of Rogue Valley Roasting Co.

Marshall Rasor of Ashland Fire won with his entry, “Scott Ain’t Got Nothing on This,” named after last year’s winner, Battalion Chief Scott Hollingsworth.

The chili cook-off was implemented by Fire Chief John Karns to promote camaraderie through fun and friendly competition across city departments.

Firefighters Tim Hegdahl, right, and Michael Mekkers take a chili sample for the judges from Battalion Chief Dana Sallee during the second annual city of Ashland employee and volunteer chili cook-off. Mail Tribune / Denise Baratta