I entered my first chili cook off last weekend – what a blast! It was the first Chili Cook Off at Westwood at the Crossing in Belmont, MI. There were a total of five contestants, with five very distinctively different chilis to taste. Unfortunately I was unable to take pictures as I was busy cooking most of the day (other contestants had made their chili earlier in the week), but here’s what we looked like at our tasting stations – my chili ingredients follow the pics.
Contestants were – Jenny Jones (Mrs. Chef Snausy!)
Bill DeBlase (People’s Choice Award Winner!)
Russ Cisco, head chef at Westwood
Yours truly, Chef Snausy (Judge’s Choice Award Winner!)
Tickets were sold for the tasting (People’s Choice Award) segment of the cook off – $1 for one ticket, which got you a 2oz. sample, 2 tickets got you a 4oz. sample. Overall we raised a little over $300 for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The Judge’s Choice Award was a blind taste test by four judges. The prizes were beautiful Chef’s aprons with the Chili Cook Off logo – hopefully I’ll be posting more pics as they become available!
Great job to all the contestants – all the chili was fantastic! Thanks to the owners and staff at the Westwood for a great event, and a HUGE shout out to all who tasted – glad you enjoyed our culinary creations!
Canned tomatoes – San Marzano’s, canned by me and Tammy
tomato sauce – organic, from Harvest Health Foods
Fresh tomatoes – fresh from Under The Pines
Onions – fresh from Under The Pines
Garlic – fresh from Under The Pines
Green pepper – from Lucky Star Farms near Ravenna
*Celery – from Harvest Health Foods
Beans – organic, from Harvest Health Foods
Poblano – fresh from Under The Pines
Serrano – fresh from Under The Pines
Pequin – from Penzey’s
Chile powder – from Penzey’s
Chipotle – from Penzey’s
Cumin – from Penzey’s
Garlic powder – from Penzey’s
Black pepper – from Penzey’s
Ground beef – came from Creswick Farms – grass fed, no growth hormones, antibiotics, etc.
Sausage – came from Creswick Farms
*ACV – Braggs, of course!
and I added a little Pinot Noir just for good measure…