Grider and Hughes Win Top Trophy for LAFD at Los Alamos Opera Guild Event

Top chef and Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center, with assistance from Fire Chief Troy Hughes emerged the victors at Thursday’s ‘Thrill of the Grill’ Chicken Challenge at Overlook Park in a fierce competition against Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and his assistant Sandy Lucero. The fire officials received a certificate and special trophy declaring them the 2013 chicken kings and the sheriff received a comical chicken hat. Lucero vowed to avenge his defeat July 4. 2014. The charitable event was sponsored by the Los Alamos Opera Guild to benefit community and education programs of the Santa Fe Opera Guild. Inc. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com  

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero congratulates ‘Thrill of the Grill’ chicken challenger Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider on winning the charitable cook-off at Overlook Park Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com  

Judges for Thursday’s ‘Thrill of the Grill’ chicken challenge included from left, Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, County Councilor Kristin Henderson and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt. Fire Chief Troy Hughes checks out the judges reaction as they sample Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider’s chicken wrapped in jalepeno peppers and bacon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com  

Judges from left, Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, County Councilor Kristin Henderson and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidtfor gave top honors to LAFD’s creative chicken recipe Thursday at Overlook Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Fire Chief Troy Hughes serves the winning jalepeno and bacon wrapped chicken to judge Russ Gordon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero, assisted by his wife Sandy places chicken on the grill as the competion gets underway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero and his wife Sandy sample the competion and described it as delicious. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A line begins to form to sample chiken prepared by Sheriff Marco Lucero and his wife Sandy. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Opera Guild Treasurer Diane Garrett, left, with Past President Mary Cummings at Thursday’s Chicken Challenge charity event at Overlook Park to benefit community and education programs of the Santa Fe Opera Guild. Inc. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com  

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