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Lake Hamilton Fire Department held their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Thursday, November 21, 2019.
This year brought 11 chili entries, all vying for 1st place bragging rights. LHFD invited Thomas Plummer, Calie Plummer and Paul Maddox to be the guest judges.
The judges were sequestered to the training room in order to blindly taste and judge each of the 11 different chili entries.
Each participant randomly drew a number that determined which order their chili would be judged. They were allowed to decorate their bowls and even the serving tray any way they wanted.
Taste, presentation, and authenticity were factors in the judges ratings. After much deliberation, the judges chose the winners. It was such a tight race that 2 of the chilis were put to a taste-off. Different varieties of cornbread were offered with chili throughout the contest. The judges felt like effort went into making the cornbread. So, they included a Best Cornbread Category among the contest. Also, the judges didn’t feel like the Chicken Chili entry was actually “chili”, but was so delicious, they all 3 felt compelled to recognize the dish with an Honorable Mention award.
The winners of the 2nd Annual LHFD Chili Cook-Off are:
- First place: Sam Wells
- Second place: Jonathan Lishbrook
- Third place: Alicia Davey
- Honorable Mention: Dillan Cambron’s chicken chili
- Best Cornbread: Shauna Knobloch
Family, friends, and guests got to chow down on the chili after the judges had been served a bowl of each.
Lake Hamilton Fire Department is looking forward to next year’s chili cook-off and hopes to open it up to other fire departments in the future.