Spokane firehouse has prize-winning cook

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Cooking is the last thing some firefighters want to do with a fire.

It doesn't take much beyond willingness to become the firehouse cook. But Tony Yuen, a 20-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department, has earned a department-wide reputation as the "gold standard of firehouse cooks.".

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/ozWoB1 ) reports Yuen recently won a national contest and $10,000 for charity for his barbecue sauce. The tangy, sweet concoction based on one he grew up eating in Hawaii is just a part of Yuen's repertoire.

The sauce is one of many reasons that his work in the kitchen is valued by his fellow firefighters. He's working on a firehouse cookbook that will be published as a fundraiser by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com