WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- Two West Richland residents are heading to the Chili Cookoff World Championship in Palm Springs in October.
The Washington State Chili Cookoff sanctioned three categories over the weekend and is sending winners to the World Championship on October
11-13 in Palm Springs with the International Chili Society. All three 1st
place winners are from Washington state.
To sanction a category, a minimum of 10
competitors must enter a category. Chili Red had 15 competitors, Chili Verde
and Salsa each had 11 compete.
winners are: Chili Red; Lisa Beaver of West Richland, Chili Verde; Chris Beaver
of West Richland and Salsa; Ron Bryan of Seattle.
Chris Beaver also placed 3rd in Chili Red.
Competitors included former
World Champs; three in Red, one in Verde and one in Salsa. With seven states
and around Washington state represented, competitors vied for top honors in
Chili Red, Chili Verde and Salsa. Guest judges sampled in blind tastings. Head
judge Skip Cooley and Scorekeeper Dione Cooley from Nevada oversaw the judging
and scoring process.
Fonded in 1967, the International Chili Society is an
organization that sanctions nearly 200 chili cookoffs each year that are
governed by ICS rules and regulations and a blind judging process. These events
are worldwide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. Local winners
of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards
throughout the year.
Top-level winners compete
for a total prize package of $55,000 at the Worldʼs Championship
Chili Cookoff held each year in October. One million
spectators a year participate in ICS events by cooking, tasting, judging, and
having a good time.
Washington State Chili Cookoff selected four
nonprofits/charities to support: Arthritis Foundation (Washington state); Meals
on Wheels (Grays Harbor/Pacific Counties); Copalis Beach Copalis Community
Church Summer Lunch program and the Pacific Beach Elementary Emergency Clothing
Fund. Phyllis Shaughnessy of the North Beach lunch program said she was
"shocked" they received over $237 in donations and "many people were interested
in the program."