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TCAT holds Chili Cook-off
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Tennessee College of Applied Technology is spicing up SkillsUSA week with the school’s third annual Chili Cook-off contest taking place this Thursday, Feb. 6, with all proceeds going to the students. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is spicing up SkillsUSA week with the school’s third annual Chili Cook-off contest taking place this Thursday, Feb. 6, with all proceeds going to the students.

SkillsUSA is a national organization partnering with technical colleges, students and businesses. All students at TCAT McMinnville are members of the technical organization which supports skilled professionals.

Once the winner is determined, a chili luncheon will be open to the public from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of admission is $5, and includes a choice of chili, along with all of the fixings, cookies and a drink. 

The contest will be judged by Sharon Barnes, a former TCAT employee and SkillsUSA advisor, McMinnville city alderman Steve Harvey, and Atlanta Northcutt, a multi-talented reporter for the Southern Standard.

The contest is open to both students and staff members. Over 10 contestants will be entering their recipes. Many previous winners will be defending their titles.

Last year’s first-place winner was TCAT maintenance employee Donnie Fults and second place went to TCAT student Jonathan Stockton.  The two received gift cards and a wooden spoon imprinted with “TCAT Chili Cook-off 2019.” 

“The first-place winner will receive a trophy personalized by TCAT’s machine tool technology program, a $25 gift certificate and bragging rights for one year,” say TCAT representative Dawn Winton. “The second-place winner will also receive a $25 gift certificate.”