Monday, January 26, 2009

MONDAY - Jan 26, 2009

Lake Las Vegas District


Friday it rained, turning our "grassy" site to mud. Saturday morn we woke to fog so thick I couldn't see the end of the driveway... YES, this is Las Vegas! We have fleeting thoughts of gloom and doom for this 1st time cookoff that was put together in time to get the flyers to Laughlin. However, none of this team thinks that way for long. Chanthy Walsh, Chairman is a bundle of energy and her husband, Tim is the stabilizing laid back Chef make an amazing "get it done team" in a wonderful venue with an old European atmosphere. The fog burned off before 8 am and Capt. Jim Maehl, Pete Caimi & Phil Morosky were shuttling people back from getting their cars out of the cooking area, which had been moved off the grassy mud. It turned out to be a beautiful day. The judging area was in a convention area with lots of room, lights, electricity and a kitchen complete with ice maker. We all enjoyed this and took advantage of the amenities.


Capt Jim Maehl was the Chief Judge, Scorekeepers Donnie Gordon, Nicole Caimi, Louise Dinneweth and Bobbie Gaul; Wranglers Phil Morosky, Bob Dinneweth and Willma Maehl; Pete Caimi was everywhere and designated Health Department Liaison (although that part was easy as there were no problems); and Mike Austin did his usual great job as Emcee. We had an interesting competition for the Restaurant Chefs (many of whom joined ICS even though not yet ready to enter this unknown arena as competitors). The concept of our traditional red was daunting to a few of the 4 and 5 star guys, but they all had a good time and "learned a lot". The winners:


Restaurant (7 Entries)

1st Place - Tim Walsh, Sonrisa Grill


People's Choice

3rd Place - Casino MonteLago

2nd Place - Mark Bowman

1st Place - Chef Billy Joe


Salsa (7 Entries)

3rd Place - Jodi Wiseman, NV

2nd Place - Bob Wiseman, NV

1st Place - Ray Bogart, NV


Verde (8 Entries)

3rd Place - Bob Wiseman, NV

2nd Place - Eileen Beaty, CA

1st Place - Ray Bogart, NV

Red Chili (10 Entries)

5th Place - Tim Walsh, NV

4th Place - Ray Bogart, NV

3rd Place - Bill Ray, CA

2nd Place - Maud Swick, CA

1st Place - Eileen Beaty, CA


Congratulations to the winners and Thanks You to all of the volunteers. A great job by all. By the way there is already discussion on making this a 2-Day event next year with day 2 sponsored by All Things Chili in memory of the Baker Boys. More on this as discussions progress.





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At 11:58 AM , Blogger webworm said...

This is what I plan to cook at ICS World 2009.....

At 11:59 AM , Blogger webworm said...

Obama Family Chili Recipe

1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
several cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey of beef (try ground turkey thigh, if available - more flavor than breast)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. ground basil
1 Tbsp. chili powder
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
several tomatoes, depending on size (I used eight medium), chopped
1 can (I used 14.5 oz.) red kidney beans

Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft.

Add ground meat and brown.

Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat.

Add red wine vinegar.

Add tomatoes and let summer, until tomatoes cook down.

Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.

Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.


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