News in Brief: Four Student Groups Test Their Culinary Skills in Chili Cook-off

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With the song "Shake That Ass," blasting from a boombox in the background, four local celebrity judges squared off to taste homemade chili in the first CalPIRG chili cook-off Friday.

Held on Lower Sproul Plaza, the event was also sponsored by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger, but few cook-off visitors went hungry as the four competing student groups sold their best chili after the judging.

The Rainforest Action Group, Le Chateau co-op, Canterbury at Cal and the Cal Berkeley Democrats vied for the Best Chili award.

The Democrats arrived late and their entry was cold, causing bystanders to ponder the chances of a recount.

Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean, one of the judges, pointed out that by some standards, most of the chili was pretty mild.

"This would not be regarded as real chili in Texas," Dean said.

She was assisted in judging by Sterling James, a deejay from 97.3 Alice Radio, who differed in her opinion of the chili.

"This is pretty hot. It is excellent hot stuff," she said.

Daniel Hernandez, editor in chief of The Daily Californian, and Teddy Liaw, ASUC president, also assisted with the judging.



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