This Key, Tradition-Inspired Ingredient Makes Church Farm School’s Chili a Hit at Cook-Off


For the second consecutive year, the Church Farm School in Exton has won the People’s Choice Award in the West Chester Rotary’s Chili Cook-Off.

The People’s Choice Award is presented to the competing team that earns the most “votes” via wooden nickels. The team’s “Scrapple-licious Church Farm Chili,” so named for the school’s long history of mailing Scrapple from its farm to donors each Christmas, also won first place in the nonprofit division and third place for best decorated booth.

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This is the third time the school has participated in the Cook-Off in partnership with its corporate caterer, Sodexo, which developed the winning recipe. The event benefits local charities selected by the West Chester Rotary.

While no longer a working farm, Church Farm School continues its founding mission of 1918 to provide “young men of academic ability and good character” with a college preparatory education at little cost to their families. More than 90 percent of the school’s families pay less than $5,000 annually to attend CFS. For the past seven years, 100 percent of seniors have been accepted to leading four-year colleges and universities, including Yale, Brown, Penn, Princeton, Villanova, Williams, Swarthmore, and Johns Hopkins.

“We are so proud to start off our Centennial year with this incredible acknowledgement of Church Farm School, and the opportunity to interact with so many Chester County citizens through their sampling of our winning recipe,” said Head of School The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill II. “We are also extremely thankful to Sodexo for their continued leadership and partnership with us on this fun endeavor that supports the Rotary’s great work on behalf of nonprofits in the community.”

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