Chili Patine is perhaps the longest-running inside joke in McMullen family lore.
Decades ago, when our now fierce and fabulous CEO, Audrey, was just a precious and precocious young girl of 6 or 7 years old, she decided she’d been “Audrey” long enough and it was time to update her name. And what totally random moniker did she choose? You guessed it – Chili Patine. As older sisters are wont to do, Cheryl and Hedy (with the good-natured encouragement of Daddy Doug) took this new revelation and ran with it, requiring a formal denouncement of “Audrey McMullen” and official adoption of “Chili Patine.” Fully annoyed that the family exaggerated her announcement, Chili Patine only lasted about 5 minutes, but the legend has lasted going on 50 years.
In short, Chili Patine is synonymous with “the plight of being the baby of the family.”
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