DECATUR — Students and cooks at The Good Samaritan Inn and Richland Community College joined up for some fun and competition all while benefiting programs at Good Sam.
The 3rd annual Culinary Cookoff brought in hundreds to the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel over the weekend in an effort to support Good Sam and what they provide to the Decatur Community. Good Sam Executive Director Reverend Stacey Brohard says it’s always a fun competition, but people don’t lose sight of what the event is truly for.
“I know the stories of the students going through this, and, for me, it is really touching to know what this is benefiting,” Brohard says. “We can’t do things like this without the funding from the community.”
This year, the teams switched it up a little instead of it being Good Sam vs. Richland. Showcasing the success of the collaboration between the college and Good Sam, the teams were mixed with students and staff from both organizations. The staff from Good Sam took wins the first two years, so they wanted to even things up.
“We love to help out, and what’s nice is that it ties back to The Good Samaritan Inn,” says Richland’s Culinary Arts Director Chef Brian Tucker. “We have a program out there called Mercy Kitchen and it’s sort of a work-force training program. Once they are done there, they can come out to our program at Richland and learn even more.”
The score was close, as the winners only sneaked by with a one and a half point edge over the other team. The green team took the title this year, with the team leader being a student from Richland. Aside from a dinner and show, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction took place — all benefiting Good Sam.