Saturday’s chilly temperatures served the inaugural Code Red Chili Cook-off well inside the Americana development at The Pointe.
Nine teams began setting up tents, pots, pans and ingredients following strict guidelines for a cooking competition that benefited the Lane RMC Foundation and its many projects, including cancer treatment services at the Radiation Oncology Center on Lane Regional’s campus.
Attendees of the event began tasting nine versions of chili at 10 a.m., which could be cooked prior to judging.
The chili for the celebrity judges had to be cooked on-site the day of the event, according to event rules.
Awards were given to teams for the Best Chili —first, second and third — with the top prize earning $300.
Tasters chose their favorite chili, the winner earning the People’s Choice award and $200.
Best Booth/Team Spirit was awarded $100.
Celebrity judges began tasting and judging at 1 p.m. and included Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, The Advocate’s Smiley Anders, NBC 33’s Jeanne Burns, the Zachary Chamber’s Kate MacArthur and Zachary City Prosecutor/EBR Councilman Trae Welch, among others.
A live remote by WYNK was broadcast, and a VIP area featured craft beer from the Baton Rouge Homebrew Club, Brasseurs a la Maison.
Nine local beer-makers had their ales, ambers or stouts available for tasting.
The VIP area was catered with food and refreshments.
Best Chili was awarded to the team The Heat Is On, who also won the People’s Choice award.
Second-place chili was made by Team Tiger’s Eye and third place was won by Chili H20.
The Best Booth/Team Spirit award was given to a team from Lane Regional Medical Center, Slicin n’ Dicin, whose tent was decked out in LSU gear. Sponsors included Americana, The Advocate, Lane Regional Medical Center, Level Homes and Superior Ford.