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Steaming hot young professionals face off in the ultimate food fight: Local TV news star helps judge

Steaming hot young professionals face off in the ultimate food fight

Alicia Hou, from left, Alex Woo, Alex Barney and Sara Hansen at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Alicia Hou, from left, Alex Woo, Alex Barney and Sara Hansen. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Tim Neuhaus, from left, Bruce Wallace, Brad Dinerstein and Jaclyn Martin at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Tim Neuhaus, from left, Bruce Wallace, Brad Dinerstein and Jaclyn Martin. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Seth Hurwitz, from left, Will Speer, Paul Ribe, Blake Aston and Mikey Gough at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Seth Hurwitz, from left, Will Speer, Paul Ribe, Blake Aston and Mikey Gough. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Tara Lopez, left, and Christina Mullin at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Tara Lopez, left, and Christina Mullin. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Will Bradley, from left, Jack Savery and Allen Kahn at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Will Bradley, from left, Jack Savery and Allen Kahn. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Rachel Brown, from left, Mike Delaney, Jordan Balcom, Laura Gaides and  Devin Magnussen at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Rachel Brown, from left, Mike Delaney, Jordan Balcom, Laura Gaides and  Devin Magnussen Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Madeline Montgomery, left, with Ali and Pearson Montgomery at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Ali and Pearson Montgomery with their baby Madeline. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Kevin Strickland, from left, Eric Sandler, Felice Sloan, Shanna Jones, Mike Cortez and Lily Jang at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Chili cook-off judges Kevin Strickland, from left, Eric Sandler, Felice Sloan, Shanna Jones, Mike Cortez and Lily Jang. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Greg Georgas, from left, Christina Dugan and Matthew Dugan at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Greg Georgas, left, with Christina and Matthew Dugan. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Joy Doustan, from left, Mollie Klaff and Katie Cash at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Joy Doustan, from left, Mollie Klaff and Katie Cash. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Joe Huber, left, and Andres Jaramillo at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Joe Huber, left, and Andres Jaramillo. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Alicia Hou, from left, Alex Woo, Alex Barney and Sara Hansen at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Tim Neuhaus, from left, Bruce Wallace, Brad Dinerstein and Jaclyn Martin at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Seth Hurwitz, from left, Will Speer, Paul Ribe, Blake Aston and Mikey Gough at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Tara Lopez, left, and Christina Mullin at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Will Bradley, from left, Jack Savery and Allen Kahn at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Rachel Brown, from left, Mike Delaney, Jordan Balcom, Laura Gaides and  Devin Magnussen at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Madeline Montgomery, left, with Ali and Pearson Montgomery at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Kevin Strickland, from left, Eric Sandler, Felice Sloan, Shanna Jones, Mike Cortez and Lily Jang at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Greg Georgas, from left, Christina Dugan and Matthew Dugan at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Joy Doustan, from left, Mollie Klaff and Katie Cash at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015
Joe Huber, left, and Andres Jaramillo at the Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals 5th Annual Chili Cook Off February 2015

What: Casa de Esperanza's fifth annual Young Professionals Chili Cook-Off.

Where: Cottonwood.

The 411: Thirty-three teams put their best efforts into their steaming pots of chili as more than 500 ready-to-party chili enthusiasts boot-scooted through the outdoor cooking scene. The Mavens provided the requisite two-steppin' tunes while six celebrity judges did the tasting.

Getting their fill of the big red were judges Lily Jang of KHOU Channel 11, Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival co-founder Mike Cortez, Urban Swank co-founders Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan, Gratifi Kitchen + Bar owner Kevin Strickland and CultureMap restaurant guru Eric Sandler.

Top prize for the best big red went to the "West Chilidelphia Born and Raised" team comprised of William Reynolds, Henson Barnes, Matthew Goldsby, Scott Ivers and Kyle Mathis.

Who: Kim and Derek Myers, Katie and Mitchell Currie, Allie Gossett, Max Barrett, Jordan and Duncan Balcom, Ali and Pearson Montgomery, David Zahn, Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz and Lauren Minor.

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