This afternoon I will be entering a Chili-bake-off competition / Superbowl fiesta in Brooklyn.
I grew up eating this Chili and so I felt that I should stay true to my roots and make it for the first time myself.
This is the stuff of which Hollywood legends are made. Rumor has it back when Elizabeth Taylor was filming Cleopatra in Rome she craved the chili made at Chasen’s Restaurant in Los Angeles so much that she was willing to pay $100 just to have the order shipped to her. For years the recipe remained a closely guarded secret. It seemed the owner David Chasen came to the restaurant every Sunday to privately cook up a batch which he would freeze for the week, believing that the chili was best when reheated.
There is a secret ingredient which has been added especially for today’s version which I reveal after the competition is over.
We’ve been trying to come up with an original name for the Chili. Turns out trying to name Chili is pretty fun. 4×4, Beefcake, Cleopatra, and The Dominator are all in the running.
And Go Pats (but Eagles: please keep it interesting)