A HOT TIME WAS HAD AT THE 16TH ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF
North Conway – The day may have started out chilly, but things heated up quickly as the 16th Annual Chili Cookoff kicked off at the North Conway Community Center on Saturday, April 6, 2019. More than 400 tasters enjoyed everything from chili to cornbread, along with ice cream and baked treats to cool off with too.
Winners were chosen by an impressive line-up of judges including:
- Susan Laughlin, Food Editor, New Hampshire Magazine
- Keith Lemerise, Publisher of Taste of Seacoast Magazine
- Gary Sheldon, Chef at Bernerhof Inn and Certified Executive Chef, American Academy of Chefs and Approved Culinary Evaluator
- Bryant Alden Chef at Wildcat Tavern and Certified Executive Chef and Approved Culinary Evaluator
- Scott Ross, Certified Executive Chef at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing
Of course, the People’s Choice Award was chosen by the ticket-holding tasters at the Cook Off.
Congratulations to the winners in all categories announced at the awards ceremony following the Cook Off. The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is especially pleased to honor the winners in the new Kid Chef Division.
Here are the winners:
Best Chili Professional Chef:
1: White Mountain Hotel
2. Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli
3: The Glen House Hotel
Best Vegetarian Chili Professional Chef:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Best Chili Non-Professional Chef:
1: TD Bank
2: Chalmers Insurance Group
3: White Mountain Community Health Center
Best Chili Kid Chef:
1: Aina Muzerall
2: John Fuller School
3: Revolution Youth Group
People’s Choice Best Chili – Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli
People’s Choice Best Cornbread – Eastern Propane & Oil
People’s Choice Best Display – Eastern Propane & Oil
The 16th Annual North Conway Chili Cookoff was presented by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Additional sponsors include Eastern Propane & Oil, Chalmers Insurance Group, and North Conway Village Association. The Kids Chef division is sponsored by Sea Dog Brewing Company; supporting sponsors include TD Bank and Story Land. In-kind sponsors include Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub, Cabot Creamery, Green Thumb Farms, Hannaford, Monkey Trucks, Wildcat Tavern, Cormack Construction and Green Granite Inn.
To learn more about events and upcoming festivals and to plan around them, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org for full vacation planning resources or call 800-367-3364 (800DO-SEE-NH). To learn more about planning a New Hampshire vacation, go to www.VisitNH.gov.
Photo by MWVCC/Paula Jones: Servers from Eastern Propane & Oil pose during the 16th Annual Chili Cookoff