17th Annual Chili Cook-Off – Edmonton Downtown Business Association

On November 2, 2007, I was invited to be part of the panel judging the Edmonton Downtown Business Association’s Annual Chili Cook-Off held in Scotia Place in Downtown Edmonton.  As part of the Rodeo Week festivities, it was a delicious event that raised more than $5300 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre.


After a blind taste test of 20 different and creative entries, the winning chili was awarded to Cocoa’s Restaurant in the Delta Centre Suite Hotel, the addition of shredded smoked Applewood Cheddar pushing it to the top.

Close behind in 2nd and 3rd place were chilis created by non-food establishments, which was a delightful surprise to the judging panel.  Second place went to Edmonton Tourism and third place was the biggest surprise.  The Korean students from ELTC, the English Language Training Centre, used chili sauce, soju and dried mango to create a delicious chili that was my personal favourite.

Come out next year and enjoy the fun!