Earlier this week, my good friend Cyndi Allison of Yes You Can Grill asked me if I would be willing to be a judge this weekend for a chili cook-off. Of course! I would be more than happy to do so. Nevermind that I had never ever judged a chili contest in my life. I figured my experience as a BBQ judge would benefit me in how I approach this.
The contest was this past Saturday (October 1st) at the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business at Catawba College. A total of 14 teams participated in 2 different divisions, with the top 3 teams in each division receiving trophies. There was also a People’s Choice aspect to the contest, with the winner receiving a quesadilla maker and an engraved platter.
I had a great time here at the event. The event organizers did a wonderful job with managing this inaugural event. We judges (all three of us) were all presented with some tasty chili to taste and definitely left with a full stomach. I was very honored to be asked to participate in this inaugural event and would be honored to do so again next year.
Below are some photos from the event. Some of the photos are courtesy of Cyndi Allison. Enjoy!!