We entered our first chili cook-off this weekend. It was the 2014 Southwest Airlines 41st & Last Chili Cook-Off. We cooked on behalf of the Spirit of Dallas culture committee for Southwest Airlines. We took Third Place in Showmanship out of about 28 entries. Our chili entry was solid, but we made a couple of rookie mistakes and placed “out-of-the-money.” Associate Cook Team Members Sam & Tanya Hill placed Fifth Place with their chili entry. Congrats guys—’ya beat us fair and square!
We look forward to competing in the State Fair of Texas Chili Cook-Off in September of 2014. This contest was first held in 1967 and its first winner was the legenday Frank Tolbert—Famous for co-founding the World Chili Cook-Off in Terlingua along with Wick Fowler. It is the oldest known chili cook-off in Texas and probably the world. Since it is the last stop on the trail before the World Chili Cook-Off in Terlingua, many great chili cooks enter as they attempt to pick up their last few points needed to qualify for Terlingua.
We look forward to seeing everybody in September when we plan to enter the State Fair of Texas Chili Cook-Off and BBQ Ribs Competition.