Firefighters win Mukilteo chief's pancake cook-off
Assistant Fire Chief Brian McMahan won the Chief's Cook-Off for the Fire Department at the pancake breakfast hosted by the Mukilteo firefighters and police associations on Oct.12.
Three judges – Mayor Joe Marine, King 5's Jesse Jones and Mukilteo Beacon Editor Sara Bruestle – voted McMahan's cinnamon swirl pancakes as the most delicious.
Police Chief Rex Caldwell's pancakes were made with chocolate chips and walnuts with banana slices on top. Caldwell got a chuckle for his cakes' "punny" name "Chip Seal Special."
The pancakes were judged on taste, presentation and creativity.
McMahan said he practiced about 40 times the night before the cook-off making cinnamon and sugar pancakes. He found that swirling a glaze onto the pancakes as they cooked worked the best.
"Mixing the cinnamon and sugar into the batter didn't work," he said. "As a swirl on top, you get the cinnamon and sugar taste throughout."
McMahan filled in as a cook in place of Fire Chief Mike Springer.
The annual breakfast a fundraiser for the Easter Egg Hunt held at Mukilteo Elementary by the Mukilteo Firefighters Association and the Mukilteo Police Association.
The breakfast raised $2,000 in donations and T-shirts sold. Some donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank were also received.
Firefighters and police officers cooked and served pancakes or waffles, eggs and ham at the Harbour Pointe fire station to about 170 hungry "customers."