Fifteen cooks. Fifteen chili recipes: Some old, some new, some
tried-and-true, and others invented just that morning.
So it was for contestant John Bates, who entered his vegetarian
Saturday in the Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension's
fundraiser, ChiliFest 2003.
``What I tell people is, this is an old family recipe that I
afternoon,'' he said.
A happy tinkerer in the kitchen and the person who does ``80
cooking'' at his house, Bates created the recipe.
``Chili is a comfort food,'' he said.
Some recipes were borrowed.
Wilda Cornett's ``Not So Famous Chili'' recipe came compliments
who now lives in Atlanta.
His recipe was born out of desperation: a single man, he learned
from television shows. It was that or starve.
Cornett's chili had chorizo, a sausage often used in kitchens
the southwestern United States.
``The chorizo gives it texture,'' she said.
Chili brings out the bold, creative cook, too.
Julie Niles' chili had chunks of ovenroasted chicken, navy beans,
beans, jalapenos and lime juice.
At the other end of her table, Marian Fitzgerald's chili held
ingredient, Wyoming blacktail deer, compliments of a friend who
Like Bates, she likes to experiment in the kitchen. Chili is
at her house. Her husband, Tom Fitzgerald, loves it.
``So I make it often,'' she said.
There were new cooks.
Amy Hayes entered her first pot of homecooked chili. So did
Megan Forsythe. Both made vegetarian chilis.
One contestant wanted to enter but didn't want to cook.
``My mom made it,'' said contestant Carrie Hoffman, who tasked
to dole out the servings of her entry. ``I don't really know
CAPPE set four categories: Spicy, Vegetarian, Most Unusual and
Choice, the overall winner's category.
Spicy proved overwhelmingly popular, encompassing two-thirds
This is good news if you walked through the door and plunked
for a hot bowl of the stuff.
For contest judges Sen. Bill Clabough, Mike Owens of The Soup
Emily Hyden, Blount County Agricultural Extension Office, this
sampling it all.
Fifteen samples and 90 minutes later the judges chose Bates (Spicy),
(Most Unusual) and Forsythe (Vegetarian) this year's winners.
also chosen for the People's Choice Award.
It was the first year of the chili cook-off and likely not the
CAPPE, which opposes a four-lane extension from Alcoa (Highway
Lamar Alexander Parkway (Highway 321).
Funds raised from the cook-off, silent auction and bake sale
legal expenses for CAPPE's suit against state and federal highway
departments. The case is pending.
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