Tree Top has chosen Spokane Fire Station No. 13 as the winner of America’s Best Firehouse Barbecue Cook-off.
Firehouse cook Tony Yuen and his Puleihu BBQ Sauce were selected by a panel of judges for the top prize and a $10,000 donation for the station.
Station No. 13 will use the donation to buy equipment and supplement the station’s benevolent fund, which assists needy firefighters and family members facing medical hardships or other problems.
The donation will be presented to Spokane Fire Station No. 13 later this month on BetterTV (weekdays at 9 a.m. on KAYU-28).
The Spokane video features Yuen, his recipe and the crew of Station No. 13 in a fun look at firehouse cooking and dining. Yuen grew up in Hawaii and his recipe for grilling sauce starts with Tree Top apple juice, which sponsored the contest. People were invited to watch the online videos and vote for their favorite station and recipe.
The People’s Choice winner was Yakima Country Fire District 6.
The videos are still available online at www.AmericasBest FirehouseBBQ.com. Look inside today’s food section for Yuen’s winning family recipe.
Local chef hits Vitamix finals
Chef Adam Hegsted, executive chef at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort, landed a trip to New York to compete in the Vitamix Challenge at the 6th Annual StarChefs.com International Chef Challenge.
The “blend off” challenges chefs to create dishes that showcase the Vitamix blender in unusual and innovative ways. Hegsted, who also hosts a monthly traveling dinner, The Wandering Table, is one of six finalists from across the country.