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Social Activities: Chili Cook-Off

2014 Habanero Club

Our 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off had some brave students take on the challenge of eating a habanero pepper with the goal of joining the Habanero Club. This year, 29 students joined this prestigious group; 2 being brutal repeat contenders (Josiah Valk and Kelsey Veldkamp)! After consuming the habanero, students consumed 5 pounds of ice cream!!

Why not a glass of water to cool down? The active ingredient in a habanero is capsasian, which is not water-soluble, so water actually spreads it and enhances the effects. However, the fat in the ice cream binds to capsasian and dissolves it; counter-acting the effects of this spicy ingredient! Great benefits to know by hanging around a group of chemists!

Chili Winner 2014 ~ Professor Vander Griend



A competitive rivalry begins to cook every February as faculty concoct and perfect their favorite chili recipe in hopes of winning the coveted chili bowl! (It's about way more than just the bowl!!)

The trophy winner commits to display the bowl in their office for an entire year, filled with a surplus of candy and easy access for students and faculty to participate in the takings.

chili bowl
Professor Doug Vander Griend seized the trophy from prior year winner, Professor Blankespoor!





Can't beat the amazing chili's, salads and breads!