Church Farm School ‘Scrap­ple-li­cious’ chili nets $1,000 prize

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

EX­TON >> Church Farm School, the pri­vate board­ing and day school for boys in grades 9-12 based in Ex­ton, an­nounced that in only its sec­ond foray into the com­pet­i­tive world of chili mak­ing, it took home the grand prize at the 14th An­nual West Ch­ester Chili Cook-off on Sun­day, Oct. 9. The event, spon­sored by the Ro­tary Club of West Ch­ester, brought to­gether nearly 70 teams of home chefs, busi­nesses, restau­rants and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions (such as Church Farm School) along Gay Street for three hours of chili sam­pling.

Church Farm School, along with its caterer Sodexo, pre­pared 20 gal­lons of “Scrap­ple-li­cious Church Farm School Chili” for the event. The recipe in­cluded Scrap­ple as an ode to the school’s long­stand­ing tra­di­tion of thank­ing its An­nual Fund donors with Scrap­ple at Christ­mas each year dur­ing its farm­ing era. In ad­di­tion to win­ning the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for re­ceiv­ing the most at­tendee votes via wooden nick­els, the school also won third place for Best Dec­o­rated Booth. A small con­ti­nent of the CFS Choir kicked off the fes­tiv­i­ties by per­form­ing the Na­tional An­them.

“As we near our Cen­ten­nial celebration in 2018, we look for more ways to con­nect with the com­mu­nity and the West Ch­ester Chili Cook-off is one of those ways. Tak­ing home the Peo­ple’s Choice Award is a fan­tas­tic ac­knowl­edge­ment for the school, and we es­pe­cially thank Sodexo for creat­ing the win­ning recipe, and the many stu­dents and fac­ulty who rep­re­sented the school at the event,” says Ned Sherrill, Church Farm School Head of School. “Our thanks also to the Ro­tary Club of West Ch­ester for the great work that they do.”

For the past six years, 100 per­cent of Church Farm School stu­dents have been ac­cepted to four-year col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, many with sub­stan­tial schol­ar­ships. In 2015, the school had both a QuestBridge Scholar (at­tend­ing Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity) and a Gates Mil­len­nium Scholar (at­tend­ing Swarth­more Col­lege).

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Shane Carter preps the chili in the school’s kitchen. Church Farm School thanked Sodexo, and es­pe­cially chef John Whi­taker, who came up with the win­ning recipe with alum and cot­tage fac­ulty mem­ber Chad Pohlig.

Church Farm School stu­dents Tim Thomas ‘17, Shane Carter ‘17 and Nathan An­twi ‘18 proudly show off the school’s awards.

Lin­ing up for chili at the Church Farm School booth

Lin­ing up for chili at the Church Farm School booth

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