From 1865 through 1922, New York City firefighters lived in their firehouses with only three hours off each day (and one day off per month!) to leave and join their family for meals. But for those whose families were not close enough, they stayed, with one of their comrades having to prepare a meal for everyone left behind. Cooking became a legendary part of NYC firefighting culture. To this day, meal time – and preparing a meal - in the firehouse is an important right-of-passage. The NYC Fire Museum celebrates this tradition while showcasing the unrealized talents of the firehouse chef with an annual FDNY Cook-off, now including uniformed members of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Well known executive chefs judge the entries and samplings are available to all attendees. It’s a fun night out that celebrates an FDNY tradition!