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Chili Challenge tests taste buds

October 2, 2013

Colorado State University is spicing up this week with the 11th annual Housing and Dining Services Chili Challenge.

The event takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7-11 at the Corbett Hall Dining Center.

During the five-day challenge, CSU students eat every last drop of a daily bowl of chili. More than 250 students start the competition, and each must finish an 8-ounce bowl of chili that gets increasingly hotter each day. Students who cannot finish the bowl are not able progress to the next day’s challenge. Students who finish all five bowls and eat a habanero on the final day earn an “I Survived” T-shirt. About 120 participants typically make it to the final round.

CSU Housing and Dining staff prepare the chili for the contest, using legendary hot sauces, including several local recipes, to make the competition challenging.

All members of the campus community who have a meal plan are eligible to register. Daily giveaways and prizes are awarded to participants.

Education around fire prevention

The contest is held each year in conjunction with Poudre Fire Authority as part of Fire Prevention Week. Poudre Fire Authority firefighters serve the chili and use the week to educate students about fire prevention.