Chili cook-off generates heat
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
It’s hard being a judge at a chili cook-off. How do you compare a green chili with pork to a chicken chili with jalapeno peppers, as opposed to a traditional ground beef with beans?
That’s what four judges had to do at the Fourth Annual Imperial Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off last Thursday.
They awarded first place to Carolyn Lee for “Ski Slope Chili” with beef and no beans. Second place went to Chris Lee with “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” with pork/venison and beans.
Third place went to Christy Colson with “Christy’s Chili Splendor” with ground beef and beans.
The People’s Choice award went to the Viaero team of Terry Tigner, Leslie Aeby and Carrie Waide with “Lucky Chili,” a ground beef with beans mixture.
About 30 people attended the cook-off to sample the varieties and vote on their favorite.
There were 14 contestants this year. Chili was judged on color, aroma, texture, flavor and heat.
First place was $50 in Chamber Bucks, second was $25 in Chamber Bucks, third was $15 in Chamber Bucks and the Viaero team won an apron.
Judges were Johnny Miller, Baltazar Ramirez, Justin Owings and Jody Fenwick.
Carolyn Lee will be added to the traveling trophy, which will be displayed at Lied Imperial Public Library.