Captain Tracy Moore of Minneapolis Fire Station 5 took grand prize in the fifth national Tabasco Cook & Ladder Competition. Her Mount Tabasco Chocolate Lava Cake (using Tabasco Habanero Sauce) topped a macaroni & cheese and a meatloaf dish to take the grand prize.
This is an annual competition where firefighters from across the nation submit their original recipes that feature one of the six Tabasco pepper sauce products. Ten finalists are selected to participate in the finals which are held in New York City. The top three entries receive a prize of $10000, $5000, and $2000, respectively. The winners must share half of their prize money with their firehouse.
Anyone who can use habanero Tabasco in a dessert and beat two serious all-American comfort foods gets huge props from me. Congratulations!