Sunday, May 03, 2009

SUNDAY - May 3, 2009

New England Regional Chili Cookoff

Another New England Regional Cookoff is on the books. The Chili Gods were smiling down on us. After a very cold and rainy cookoff last year, the day started out the same, but the sun came out, warmed things up and we were off! Mike and Kathy Freedman did a great job getting sponsors and cooks. We had 71 cooks, including some Youth cooks. The field was filled with tents, the smell of chili was in the air and all around was the sight of spectators milling about tasting all the great food, including the hot wings. Miss Connecticut helped judge the Salsa, there was a hot wing eating contest and lots of different bands. The judging tent was alive with activity from 8 am on. With 2 tables in Salsa and Verde and 3 tables in Red, we required, and got, quite a bit of help. By the end of the very long day, there were some cooks disappointed, some thrilled they had such a good time and some were ecstatic they had won. Mike Freedman had lost his voice (good or bad, we are not saying), Kathy was sunburned, and Audrey and Steve looked forward to a nice dinner and a soft bed. All in all, a great cookoff.


People's Choice and Best Booth winners:

Reading Hot Chili Peppers - the Reading Firefighters


Youth Division:

3rd – Kaitlin Hennessy

2nd – Rachel Sievering

1st – Bryan Navaroli



5th – Morgan Wotherspoon

4th – Lou Santangelo

3rd – Mary Alice Kropp

2nd – Chuck Leonardo

1st – Mike Largay


Chili Verde:

5th – Wendy Hennessy, NH

4th – Darrell Dunnum, CT

3rd – Beanie Eis, NY

2nd – Scott Navaroli, MA Won tie for second

1st – Jim Heywood, NY Jim completed his Hat Trick!


Red Chili:

5th – Sara Perez

4th – Steven Stark (a rookie)

3rd – Scott Navaroli

2nd – Dave Schulman

1st – Vickie Tankis


This was the second time Vickie had competed in Red Chili, but she has it in her genes. Her Dad is 2007 World Champ, Jerry Buma. You could see he was busting at the seams, he was so proud of his girl.


Congratulations to all the winners. All the cooks are winners in our eyes.


Don't forget the upcoming cookoffs in the Northeast:

Soldier's and Angels Cookoff in Webster, MA May 9

NJ State (20th Anniversary) Toms River, NJ May 30

New Hampshire State, Hudson, NH, June 6

Lawrence District in Lawrence MA, June 7

Delaware Valley, Logan Township, NJ June 13




3rd Annual Studio Diner Chili Cookoff

Sunday Aug 2nd 2009- in San Diego

Please be advised to All Chiliheads, Cooks, Judges and Proud American Patriots,

The 3rd Annual Studio Diner Chili Cookoff will take place on Sunday Aug 2nd.
(Back to Back with the Del Mar Regional) here at the Stu Segall Productions Movie lot next to Studio Diner
In San Diego.

Last year this event raised nearly $14,000.00 for the "Injured Marine Fund" at Balboa Naval Hospital.

Will have full details posted by May 30th on our website file:// and this blog by May 30th.

Contact for more details

Jim Phillips
General Manager, Studio Diner
4701 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
Diner Phone: 858-715-6400
"Eat Clams More Often"




Gary & Barbara Nelson

To all our chili friends:

Thank you so much for the cards and calls. They helped us through a very difficult time.

Thank you again

Gary & Barbara Nelson





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