Firefighter Wins FDNY Chef Competition, Gets Year Of Groceries

When Chris Waters of Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Ladder 154 in Queens was named winner of the annual NYC Fire Museum FDNY Firefighter Chef Competition, he took home more than just bragging rights. This FDNY top chef also won the grand prize of a year’s supply of groceries donated by Peapod by Stop & Shop, the country’s leading online grocer, which delivers to all five New York City boroughs.

On Monday, Chris and his firefighting colleagues received the first of many groceries deliveries, which included a variety of grocery staples and Peapod Meal Kits featuring Barilla pasta recipes. Recently launched in New York City, the Peapod Pasta Meal Kits by Barilla contain pre-measured ingredients to make warm, hearty dinnertime creations in under 30 minutes. The kits are priced at $15.99-$23.99 and serve 4-6 people making them a great value at less than $5 per serving.

“We’re so thankful to our New York City fire department and pleased to honor the anniversary of their 150 years of service,” said Peg Merzbacher, Vice President of Regional Marketing for Peapod. “Providing these groceries is just one small way we can ‘deliver’ to the men and women who deliver every day for this city.”

“With our unpredictable schedules, it’s important to have nutritious meals that can be prepared quickly. Fortunately, Peapod’s Pasta Meal Kits by Barilla can provide hearty dinners that are prepared in just a matter of minutes,” said Waters. “I’m excited to use Peapod to help with our crew’s meal prep!”

Peapod – an Ahold USA company – is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 30 million grocery orders. Peapod strives to deliver convenience and value. Customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app for grocery home delivery or car-side service at one of many Pick-up locations. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (1.800.573.2763), e-mail or visit


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