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Not to be confused with Cooking off.

A cook-off is a cooking competition where the contestants each prepare dishes for judging either by a select group of judges or by the general public. Cook-offs are very popular among competitors (such as restaurants) with very similar dishes and serves as a way to decide which recipe is the best for that particular dish.

Chili cook-off

A chili cook-off is a social event, similar to a barbecue, in which competitors prepare their own particular recipe for chili con carne and submit it for taste testing. A cook-off may be an informal gathering with the simple goal of sharing recipes and enjoying food, or it may be a large-scale event with an official panel of judges and substantial prizes for winners.

The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctions over 550 cook-offs annually that raise over $1,000,000 for charity. Corporate CASI, which has the function of sanctioning all of these cook-offs, doing the necessary work to tabulate cookoff results, and putting on the annual Terlingua International Chili Championship, has an annual income of approximately $250,000. Out of this annual income around $60,000 goes to charity. The CASI is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

The International Chili Society (ICS) organizes chili cook-offs as fundraisers. Its annual cook-offs are on a grand scale, with regional qualifying events that attract tens of thousands of participants and a "World Championship" cook-off held in October. The ICS has raised millions of dollars for charity[1] while still awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to winners.

As early as 1970, many communities have hosted non-ICS cook-offs, leading to a competing "World Championship" cook-off in Terlingua, Texas.

Notable cook-offs include:

  • the Tustin Chili Cook Off (in Tustin, CA)- the biggest 1-Day chili cook off in world
  • the Chilympiad in San Marcos, Texas (for men only)
  • the Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned cookoff in Luckenbach, Texas
  • the Chili Appreciation Society International Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas
  • the Frank X. Tolbert/Wick Fowler World Chili Championships in Terlingua, Texas
  • the Lone Star Chili Cook-off in New York City
  • the Reunion Church Braggin' Rights Chili Cook-Off in Plainfield, Indiana, 2013 Winner Scott Kenworthy
  • the Crush Hunger Saturday in Elwood, Indiana

See also


External links

  • Chili Appreciation Society International, a national/international cook-off organizer and promoter of chili for charity
  • Piedmont Pepper Pod, the North Carolina subgroup of CASI
  • International Chili Society, a major cook-off organizer
  • Munich, Germany's long running chili cook-off
  • Lone Star Chili Cook-off Texas style Chili Cook-off in New York City
  • American Seafood Cook-off
  • - International Chili Cookoff
  • The Food Experiments, a NYC-based cookoff series
  • Mackinac Island Chili Cook-off, held each February on this remote Island in the Upper Midwest
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