When firefighters aren’t putting out fires, they know how to turn up the heat in the kitchen. Just ask the firefighters who competed in the first annual NASCAR Miami-Dade County Firefighter Cook-off, which was co-sponsored by Coca Cola.
The contest gathered three firehouse cooks from each of the six fire departments throughout Miami-Dade County. The first round consisted of three randomly picked teams — Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach — which were required to prepare a chicken dish. The second round consists of the other three teams — Hialeah, Miami and Miami-Dade — which were required to cook a seafood dish.
The only other requirements were they had to use Coca Cola as a special ingredient and be quick with their hands, since they only had 25 minutes to prepare their culinary delights.
The final showdown between the winners of the first two rounds matched Coral Gables and Miami-Dade. Now the creativity of preparing any dish the firefighters wanted was a dream come true.
Both teams worked feverishly while contending with the time and special ingredient requirements. But just like on a fire call the pressure was on and the heat got turned up. At the end, there could be only one winner, and it was Coral Gables firefighters with their sliced filet mignon topped with gorgonzola wild mushroom sauce and sautéed apples with candied pecans.