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Chili Cookoff 2022
397 tasters cast their ballots
October 25, 2022

B
ison. Chocolate. Peaches. These were some of the ingredients in this year’s chilis.

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A look into the bottom of the chili pot of South Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department.

Twelve chefs competed for awards in three categories: Judge’s Choice, People’s Choice, and the Spirit Award. There were two standout teams that took home three and two awards respectively: Triton’s Titan Chili and Maverick’s Amma’s Chili.

Just under 400 tasters (397) walked through the gates to get their ballots and their tasting spoon. Chefs served up small servings of chili in biodegradable cups.

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The chef of Chili Chili Bang Bang hands off a cup for tasting.

In the center of the Oriental Marina & Inn Lawn sat the Baked Goods table, where pre-packaged cookies and cakes could be bought for $1 a bag.

In total, $5,774 was raised for the Old Theater.

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Maverick’s Amma’s Chili had a set complete with a toppings bar and spicy corn muffins.
Judge’s Choice
• 1st Triton’s Titan’s Chili
• 2nd Chili Chili Bang Bang
• 3rd Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar

People’s Choice
• 1st Maverick’s Amma’s Chili
• 2nd Chef Boo’s Chili
• 3rd Triton’s Titan Chili

Spirit Award
(Best Decorated Table)
• 1st Maverick’s Amma’s Chili
• 2nd Appalachian Chili Peddlers
• 3rd Triton’s Titan Chili

Best Baker
• Katie Shorter

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An Old Theater volunteer takes a break from work to taste the goods.
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Triton Yacht Sales and Service team serve up their Triton’s Titan Chili.
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Humans were not the only attendees at the cookoff.
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Baked goods were a $1 a bag. Dog treats were free.
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They were all dishing up chili: Firefighters, peddlers, and even a donkey.
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Chili tasters compare notes.
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A cup of chili from the Oriental Marine Detachment, piled with all the available toppings.
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Nomad Chili brought their own Nomad labeled sauces.
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Crowds meander between the chili booths on the lawn at the Oriental Marina & Inn.
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Chili from a chef, a merchant, and a politician.
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Sheriff Chris Davis takes a bite from Chili Chili Bang Bang chili.
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Chili Chili Bang Bang’s steampunk chef signs off on a ballot.
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Old Theater President Carla Fisher and Production Coordinator Pat Nocera.
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Two Chilis won more than one award: Maverick’s Amma’s Chili and Triton’s Titan Chili. The chefs behind The Appalachian Chili Peddlers won a Spirit Award.
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Dragons top each trophy.

The Chili Cook off is usually held the third weekend of October. The next cookoff is October 21, 2023.

Posted Tuesday October 25, 2022 by Allison DeWeese


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