Chili Cook-Off

Faculty & Staff Serving Chili at SECC event

Registration Extended to noon on Wednesday, October 24.

Who Can Enter as a Contestant?

TWU faculty and staff are welcome to enter the Chili Cook-Off! Both inexperienced and experienced chili cooks are encouraged to participate, but all chili must be made in a home kitchen. Contestants may work individually or with a team. (Prizes will be awarded to 1 member/team only, not each individual in a team.)

What Kind of Chili Should I Make?

All chili entries must fit one of the following chili category descriptions:

  • “Hottest”
  • “Best Overall”
  • “Best Vegetarian/Vegan”
  • “Most Exotic”

What Are the Chili Cook-Off Rules?

Participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for award consideration:

  • Entries must be delivered to the event location by 9:00 a.m. the day of the event.
  • Participants may enter any recipe and are not required to submit original recipes. Recipes may come from cookbooks, magazines, websites, or any other source.
  • Entries must displayed your recipe’s name/description and ingredients next to your entry. This will ensure that individuals with food allergies or dietary needs can participate in sampling and bidding on items.
  • Submissions must be home cooked - not store bought.
  • Entries requiring heating but be served from a crock pot. Electrical power will be provided to each entry station.
  • Participants should bring their own serving utensils.
  • TWU will provide mini serving cups, forks and napkins for the judges and audience.
  • Participants must attend for the awards segment during the event or find a replacement to accept if awarded.
  • All containers used to submit an entry are the sole responsibility of the participant. Participants must pick up their containers and serving utensils immediately following the announcement of winners at the end of the event. The organizers and TWU/SECC representatives are in no way responsible for the loss of any personal items.

What Can I Win?

Three finalists will be selected for each category. One finalist from each category will be awarded first place and will win a blue ribbon and community-donated prize. Those placing in second and third place in each category will receive ribbons representing their respective placement.

How Will Recipes Be Judged?

An appointed panel of judges will evaluate entries. Each recipe will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Appearance
  • Taste
  • Creativity

How Do I Enter?

Participants must complete the following before they will be considered registered:

  1. Pre-register by Friday, October 19 by completing the Chili Cook-Off Entry Form.
  2. Submit the $5.00 entry donation per entry (cash or check payable to TWU SECC) to Nora Sierra, ACT 10. You may send the entry donation by campus main, but please include a note with the entry donation indicating the participant’s name and recipe so we can match entries.


Page last updated 8:30 AM, October 24, 2018