If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or get back in the kitchen and keep trying.

Each year, the rivalry to see who can create the best lunch savory snack is intense, with staff and students dividing up into teams to put their unique spins on what becomes far more than a basic pot of chilli. Winners take on the prestigious title of “Chili Champion”.  This year, the 10th anniversary of the event, the stakes were even higher.

This event consists of a few steps:

  1. chiliContestants cook their best chili recipes.

  2. Guests/youth/staff test small portions of each chili, and then vote on their favorite recipe.

  3. The crowned winner gets their name on the plaque that hangs on the wall for bragging rights.

  4. Everyone gets to eat chili!

This year there were three teams competing and after intense competition, the winner was a team made up of two youth and staff. Their secret winning ingredients were… spicy cheese, jalapenos, and love (they might have stated the last as a joke, but you never know).

plaqueIn the end, the chili was amazing, and participation was great as usual.

Or as one staff put it, “It was amazing, and just another great celebration at Ranch Ehrlo!”