Joel Kessler of Schenectady earned first place in The Gazette’s October Chili Party with his fiery creation — South of the Border Chili. Ten chili recipes were put to the test at our offices on Monday.
Some beat autumn’s frost with blankets, sweaters and burning maple. Joel Kessler outs the chill in another way. He warms up with chipotle peppers, chili powder and hot paprika — parts of a gastronomic fireplace he calls South of the Border Chili. The 28-year-old student in the culinary arts program at Schenectady County Community College brought a fiery crock pot of his favorite mix to The Daily Gazette on Monday — and scored first place in the newspaper’s October Chili Party. Chili dishes submitted by Richard Herrick of Johnstown, Mary Newton of Glenville and Steve Oathout of Clifton Park also were voted award-winners.