WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
So you've entered the 2019 Firefighter Chili Cook Off, now what?
Good question! First thing you should probably do is test your chili recipe with your crew and make sure it doesn't suck. No, seriously... this is a competition! For the rest of your questions, we've put together a list of information that will help guide you and your crew to success.
1.) TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW
Having the support of your co-workers, friends, family, and community is vital to the success of your team! We suggest using social media along with the Save The Date postcards that we will be sending out to each competing crew.
2.) PARTNER UP WITH A PRO
We know, you're a total culinary wizard in the station kitchen. But if you can partner up with a local restaurant that can donate items to your team, such as cook ware and ingredients, you can save yourself the struggle and the expenses!
3.) PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE.
With open Chili categories, you have the opportunity to compete with any style recipes you choose! Everyone has a great recipe for a traditional beef or ground turkey chili, but what about a venison, vegetarian, or even a vegan chili recipe? You certainly don't have to submit something less than traditional - but whatever you do, make sure you've got a recipe that appeals to more than just you! We have hundreds of visitors each year and the goal is to win over their vote!
4.) PLAN AHEAD
As mentioned above, we have HUNDREDS of visitors every year - that means lot's of hungry chili samplers! One sample = 2 oz sample cup, so making sure that you have the supplies to make enough chili to last through all of the visitors through the duration of the competition is SUPER IMPORTANT! The worst thing that can happen is running out of chili halfway through, and trust us, it happens to at least one team every year. We suggest a MINIMUM of TEN GALLONS per RECIPE!
5.) BE PREPARED
Your team will be supplied with a booth that includes a large folding table for serving, napkins, sample cups, and sample spoons. You will be responsible to provide your own heating/cooking elements, serving utensils, and any toppings that you would like to provide for your recipe. Many teams like to bring their own displays, banners, and decorations - and we encourage you to have fun and make your booth your own! Not only is this a chili competition, but you know its also a sales pitch per se! Nearly every year, the competitors that really engage the crowd seem to turn people's taste buds toward voting for their chili.
6.) STAY INFORMED
Lastly, check your email and this website for updates! We'll be posting more tips, event information, competing team biographies and photos, and more!