The Department of Corrections emerged as champions at the first-ever King of the Grill Charity Event hosted by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) on September 2nd.

Six government agencies participated in the Inter-Service BBQ Challenge at the Police Recreation Club in Prospect last week.

More than 300 people attended the event, including Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin and US Consul General Mary Ellen Koeing.

The head judge was Chef Peter Jovetic of Food 4 Thought Catering, and guest judges were Mrs Pam Quarterly of Rosa’s Cantina and Superintendent James Howard of the BPS.

A police spokesman also extended “special thanks” to Wendell Dill, the MC “who commentated the event good humour”.

Participants included the newly crowned champions representing the Department of Corrections whose team had no name, the Grillin’ Drillers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Hospitals Board’s Sizzling Smokehouse BBQ team, the Up in Smoke team representing the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, the Stop List team representing US Customs and Border Protection and the Blazing Blues team from the Bermuda Police Service.

Each team prepared beef ribs, pork ribs and chicken legs on the BBQ, in the presence of a live audience. They were judged on taste, seasoning techniques, presentation and cleanliness. The teams presented their dishes to the judges and explained their creations in detail.

The spokesman said there was “lots of friendly banter” at the cook-off, “with each team believing they would be crowned King”.

“The Bermuda Hospitals Board earned the award for the best dressed team. The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service earned the award for test team name.

“Judges awarded third place to the Bermuda Hospitals Board who were closely behind first runner up, USCBP. The Department of Corrections team was ultimately crowned ‘Kings of the Grill’ after impressing the judges with their culinary skills.

“The hot wing eating challenge was won by Shannon Trott, who was awarded a $100 gift voucher from the wing challenge sponsor, Rosa’s Restaurant.

“During the night, guests were able to enjoy Crown & Anchor and Plinko tables (with fake money of course), before over 30 prizes were raffled off. “A job well done to all teams – your performances behind the grill were first class,” he said.

Proceeds earned during the challenge will be shared between Special Olympics Bermuda and The Family Centre. And organisers “look forward to the 2018 BBQ challenge, coming soon to a grill near you”.