Learn more about participating in our cookoff

Official Rules for Participation

1. Eligibility:

  • Participation is open to teams representing badged agencies including law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other agencies that make up the public safety system.

2. Registration:

  • Teams must register in advance to secure their spot in the cook-off. 
  • There are no costs to compete.

3. Chili Preparation:

  • Teams are required to prepare a minimum of 8 gallons of chili. (More is welcomed)
  • This is an open class event where competitors have the freedom to experiment with various ingredients, flavors, and cooking techniques.
  • Beans are not required.
  • Teams are responsible for bringing their own ingredients, cooking utensils, and equipment.
  • All chili must be prepared in a sanitary manner, following food safety guidelines.

4. Ingredients:

  • Teams are free to choose their own ingredients, but all must be disclosed to the event organizers for allergy and dietary considerations.
  • Pre-packaged spice mixes are allowed, but the majority of the chili must be made from scratch.

5. Presentation:

  • Each team must present their chili for judging in a designated container provided by the event organizers.
  • Teams are encouraged to decorate their cooking stations and wear uniforms or costumes representing their respective agencies.

6. Judging:

  • A panel of impartial judges will evaluate each chili based on taste, aroma, texture, and presentation.
  • Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

8. Awards:

  • Awards will be given for Judges Choice 1st and 2nd place, People’s Choice, and Best Booth.
  • Prizes include trophies, certificates, and other recognition.

9. Charity:

  • All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting a designated local charity.

10. Sportsmanship:

  • Participants are expected to maintain a friendly and sportsmanlike attitude throughout the event.
  • Any disputes will be resolved by event organizers, and their decisions are final.