Prizes for all entrants in chili cook-off

Professional and amateur cooks who love chili are invited to enter their favourite recipes in the Williams Lake Winter Carnival.

Professional and amateur cooks who love chili are invited to enter their favourite recipes in the Williams Lake Winter Carnival’s second annual chili-cookoff.

Event organizer Karen Frey says the plan is to have about eight entries in each of the two categories.

The amateur cook-off will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. and the professional cook-off will be on Sunday, Jan. 31 also starting at 12:30 p.m.

The first prize in both categories will be a trophy created by  Spirit Carver, Dean Ross/Gilpin, a member of the Pioneer Log Homes’ team of Carver Kings from television fame.

“They are beautiful and something people will be able to keep forever,” Frey says.

She says every contestant will also receive an apron and a gift card.

A panel of five people will be selected for each category to be the judges, Frey says.

So far she says the judges confirmed for the Saturday are Chief Joe Alphonse, Chief Roger William, Mayor Walt Cobb, Willie Dye, Coun. Craig Smith, and MLA Donna Barnett.

Frey says the contest rules are fairly simple and everyone who enters will receive a prize.

Entrants present their best chili just as they would serve it for their guests. They will also be given 30 seconds to describe their recipe for the judges.

The entry fee is $25. Entry forms are available at CJ’s Southwestern Grill located at the corner of Third Avenue and Oliver Street.

For more information Frey can be reached at 250-262-1672 or 250-267-5983 or by e-mail at corasia14@gmail.com.