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PHOTOS — Valero employees bring their best to cook-off

Valero’s Port Arthur refinery held its annual employee gumbo and chili cook-off on Tuesday.

 

United Way of Mid- and South Jefferson executive director Janie Johnson, Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso and Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens served as celebrity judges for the cook-off. (Courtesy photo)

The cook-off raises money for United Way of Mid- and South Jefferson County and honors Valero employees’ generosity throughout the year, according to public affairs manager Barbara Phillips.

Employees could offer a $10 donation to United Way for a chance to sample the gumbo and chili from 10 teams competing for awards, though Phillips notes several employees tend give a little more. Included with the chili and gumbo were rice, potato salad and lots of different desserts.

This year’s theme was “Game of Giving” with several booths and Valero employees dressed in “Game of Thrones” attire.

Celebrity judges this year were Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens and United Way of Mid- and South Jefferson executive director Janie Johnson.

The “Best Chili” award awaits its new owner at the judges’ table. (Brad Robichaux/The News)

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