Famous Chili Recipes in First Chili Cook-Off
What a day!
Famous Chili Recipes participated in its first chili cook-off on
October 28th, 2013. To give our chili a bit of an edge, we
chose to support Tracy Pickens as our chili chef in The Paper Mill
Village 1st Annual Chili Cook-off. Tracy originates from
Louisiana and has made an art form out of cooking with a bit of
basic ingredients, Tracy uses her taste buds instead of measuring
spoons to make spice additions. No one has seasoning abilities
like our Tracy! For this competition chili, Tracy started with
a few pounds of venison. No beans. Roasted peppers and
tomatoes. Her approximate recipe with be featured at a later
The rules of this
chili cook-off allowed for cooking the chili offsite and transport to
the cook-off tables in a crock-pot of our chosen size. The
contestants were also allowed to decorate the crock-pot space as we
Four judges were each
given a ladle full of every competitor's chili. The judges had
approximately 30 minutes to judge the chilis in each of 3
categories. The chilis were scored with points from 1 to 5 and
the points were tallied and ranked to determine the winner.
The categories were: This chili is traditional and classic,
this chili is new and original, this chili tastes great.
There were 20 original
spots for the chili cookoff, and the competition ended up with 10
competitors in all. Competitors were encouraged to arrive by
4:30pm to setup for the crowds arriving at 5:00pm. Judging was
to happen at 6pm, and the crowd could have tastes of each chili from
5pm-6pm. It was quite a challenge to ration the tastes for the
crowd and still keep enough chili for the judges to taste during the
judging at 6pm.
the competitors, there were
Moxie Burger, one of the best burger
restaurants located in Paper Mill Village, Famous Chili
Recipes, Matthew Nathan, Tim Newberry with
Professionals, Lawrence Cohen from Chattahoochee Plantation
Magazine, Tony Estrada from
Sugar Benders Bakery and a few other
fantastic people that I just didn't have time to meet in the
Burger took first place, Sugar Benders placed 2nd and a sweet lady
with flowers on her hat came in third. If you know her name,
please email me
firstname.lastname@example.org so I can give her congratulations!!
Or you can contact us via our facebook page
All in all, we had a great time at our first chili cook-off.
Small venue, fabulous people and some really, really good chili!
Stay tuned for more adventures!