1st Annual Rotary Club of Coral Gables Chili Cook-off | Rules & Regulations

  1. Entries: Only one entry per contestant/team will be allowed in each category.
  2. Prizes: 
    • Best Overall will receive $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100
    • One $100 prize for the “Peoples’ Choice Award”
    • One $100 prize for the Judges Favorite in each category
    • One $50 prize for the best decorated booth over all.
    • Showmanship will also be considered a criteria in the judging for “Best-Decorated”.
  3. Chefs’ Meeting: A mandatory chefs’ meeting will be held at TBD.
  4. Food Preparation: All items must be prepared/mixed/cooked on site the day of the event. Meats must be available for inspection in their original sealed packages before being opened for cooking. However, other ingredients may be prepped and/or pre-measured prior to arrival. All food must be prepared in plain sight.. Commercial mixes will NOT be permitted – all food must be cooked from scratch. One representative from each team must attend.
  5. Sanitation: Chefs are to prepare and cook their foods in as sanitary manner as possible. Cooking conditions are subject to inspection/modification by the event organizer or his/her designee.
  6. Booth Location/Site: The event organizer has final say over space assignments. All chefs are responsible for their own tables, tents (maximum of 12’x12′) and propane cookers (no charcoal, wood fires or electric heating allowed – propane only).
  7. Judging: For judging purposes, each head chef is REQUIRED to prepare a minimum of one gallon of chili. All judge’s samples must be taken from the same batch. There will be 3 – 5 judges.
  8. Judges Samples: Once containers for the judge’s samples have been issued, each head chef is responsible for his or her sample container. Chefs must not remove or tamper with the numbers on the outside of the containers. Any marked or altered container must be replaced prior to submittal to the judges or it will be disqualified. Sample sizes will be designated at the Chefs meeting.
  9. Sales of Food: No sale of chili will be permitted. Sales may result in immediate disqualification. Samples must be served in the sample containers provided.

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