Milford cook’s chili created quite a stir at Savin Rock contest​ in West Haven

Congratulations to Garry Richetelli of Milford who won the ninth annual Savin Rock Fireworks Committee’s Chili Cook-Off. Proceeds from the event support the July 3 fireworks display in West Haven.

Richetelli, a real estate developer who enjoys cooking, attended the competition five years ago as a spectator. He decided to enter his chili recipes the past four years, placing second two years ago.

He was determined to win and that he did. I asked him what made his chili this year so special, and he said, “It was the homemade Texas spicy sausage he bought at Joe’s Missing Link Sausage Company in Milford.”

The chili prepared by Richetelli and cousin Michael Pickerstein, his “sous chili cook,” had the perfect taste, texture and heat, according to one of the judges, Ned Leginsky, a culinary instructor at Gateway Community College. To see the rest of the column and the recipe, please go to .

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