Monday, April 11, 2016

2016 Gumbo Chili Showdown a Success

First-year medical student Mariah Sankey of the "2 Live Stew Crew" gives out samples of their gumbo at the USA College of Medicine's Gumbo Chili Showdown April 2, 2016.
The 2016 Gumbo Chili Showdown was held April 2, 2016, preceding the University of South Alabama Jaguars Spring Game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. More than 400 people came to the event to enjoy gumbo and chili prepared by 15 competing teams.

The teams' gumbo and chili were judged on taste, aroma, consistency, aftertaste and originality. All categories, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award, were judged by Dr. Daniel Preud’Homme, director of the Pediatric Healthy Life Center and professor of pediatrics at USA; Shelby Mitchell of 95 KSJ; Mary Booth of Lite Mix 99.9; and USA Football Assistant Coach Jeff Bailey.

Winners of this year's event were:

Best Overall and Best Chili
“Netflix and Chili"
Members of the Student National Medical Association

Best Gumbo
“The Gumbologists”
Members of the USA College of Medicine Class of 2019

People's Choice
“Roux Dat”
Members of the USA College of Medicine Class of 2018

Second Place Chili
"Alpha Omicron Pi"
USA Alpha Omicron Pi Panhellenic sorority

Second Place Gumbo
“Make Gumbo Great Again"
Members of the USA College of Medicine Class of 2019

The Gumbo Chili Showdown supports a scholarship at the USA College of Medicine created in memory of Regan Robinson, a medical student at USA who lost her battle with colon cancer before graduating. The scholarship provides assistance to a rising senior medical student who embodies Regan’s spirit and character. This year the event raised more than $12,000 for the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship.

“The event was a huge success due to the tremendous turnout and sponsors," said Alex Wiles, a second-year medical student at USA and this year's Gumbo Chili Showdown co-chairman. "The Gumbo Chili Showdown has not been held since 2013, so we as students are very proud that the Showdown is back. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, including our title sponsor, the USA Medical Alumni Association. We would also like to thank USA’s Student Government Association for their Senate Project sponsorship and all of the volunteers from Alpha Epsilon Delta. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the USA Spring football game and can’t wait until next year’s Showdown.”

Click here to view more photos from the event. Local news coverage of the event can be found here.

Donations to the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship fund can be directed to the University of South Alabama Office of Medical Development, attention Gumbo Chili Showdown USA College of Medicine, 5851 USA Drive North, MSB 2015, Mobile, AL 36688.

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