Charleston's Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off

By Candace Nelson - 9:00 AM

Smoke on the water chili cook-offI think I did a pretty good job last summer at hitting up all the food festivals in Charleston. One that eluded me was the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff.

Smoke on the water chili cook-offSmoke on the water chili cook-offThe 16th annual cookoff helped kick off this year's FestivALL events. Held at Haddad Riverfront Park, the event included home chefs and corporate chefs serving up homestyle, salsa, red, verde and even some white chicken chili.

As part of the challenge, chefs are required to dish out chili to the public between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Patrons buy sampling tickets and trade one ticket per taste. With purchase of the tickets, patrons also receive beads, which they can then distribute to the best chefs.

There are a ton of places, and I think I got about $5 worth of tickets. I tried all kinds: traditional chili, green chili and white bean chicken chili. A few places really showed up with some extras. Bridge Road Bistro had my favorite, I think. With huge chunks of meat and topped with cheese and sour cream. Yum.

Smoke on the water chili cook-offSmoke on the water chili cook-off

Here are the winners:

Smoke on the water chili cook-off
3rd Place - Gail Donovan
2nd Place - Christian Parker
1st Place - Diane Lentz

3rd Place - Larry Lentz
2nd Place - Brad Berkebile
1st Place - Lynn Berkebile

Green Verde
3rd Place - Tom Hoover
2nd Place - Dawn Bush
1st Place - George Ryffel

4th Place - Annette Daly
3rd Place - David Staley
2nd Place - Richard Chauvin
1st Place - Carrie Parker.

Best of Charleston
John Zimnox

Law Firm 
Jackson Kelly

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