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Chili Cook Off 2022

November 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$5 – $53

Join us at our annual Chili Cook-Off! Don your apron to compete or just come to enjoy the delicious offerings from local restaurants and camaraderie of the community.

Private judges (by invitation only) vote for their favorite chili recipe and we will have first and second place winners! Winners will be announced at 3:45.

For the purpose of this contest, chili is defined as any kind of meat, meat substitute, cooked with chili peppers, or other peppers, spices, vegetables, and other ingredients. May or may not include beans

Each contestant/team must supply 3 quarts and two slow cookers with cooked ready-to-eat chili. Set up time will be 12:15 pm/event opens to the public at 1:00.
Please bring a copy of your recipe (unless it’s a family secret!) and a chili star rating of spice level (we will provide)
The contestant/team will be assigned a setup area and must keep it safe and clean. Teams will get one six-foot table and up to three chairs at each table.
Each team has the opportunity to be featured on our website (please provide a photo and “chili bio”)
The entrance fee for restaurants is $53.

Lake County residents who would like to compete MUST fill out a TEMPORARY FOOD EVENT PERMIT in order to serve chili. All forms must be turned in to the Lake County health department no later than 7 days before the event. This is due to health codes. The fee is $50. All chili must be cooked in a commercial kitchen. Gorton will supply access to our commercial kitchen on a first come first serve basis. Because of the $50 permit fee application, registration for residents is free.

If you would like to attend this event as a “taster” the cost is $5 per person. This includes a meal (we are catering chili (both meat and vegetarian) and the ability to sample small tastes of all the contestants’ chili and to vote for your favorite!

This is a fun family event! Enter our raffle for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be announced every half hour.

Cash bar will be available with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

To submit your “chili bio” and photo or for any questions, please email [email protected]


November 13, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 – $53
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Gorton Community Center
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Gorton Center
400 E Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045 United States
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