YP Chili Cook-Off

'Hot tamales' and 'Beverly Hillchillies' spice up young professionals chili cook-off

Hot tamales spice up young professionals chili cook-off at Cottonwood

Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Kristen Killion, Mike Hoffman, Michelle Erwin, Kyle Smith, Brittany London, Luke Franz, Madeline R., David Zahn
Kristen Killion, Mike Hoffman, Michelle Erwin, Kyle Smith, Brittany London, Luke Franz, Madeline R., David Zahn. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Cathy Hernandez, Mike Cortez, Kevin Stricklnad, Eric Sandler, Shanna Jones, Felice Sloan
The judges — Cathy Hernandez, Mike Cortez, Kevin Stricklnad, Eric Sandler, Shanna Jones, Felice Sloan. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Mitchell Currie, Katie Currie, Jordan Balcom, Duncan Balcom
Chili cook-off chairs Mitchell Currie, Katie Currie, Jordan Balcom, Duncan Balcom. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Alison Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Kish, Minette Corpuz, Bruch Kish Sr.
Alison Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Kish, Minette Corpuz, Bruce Kish Sr. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Heather Darr, Sarah Owens, Ally Hatz, Becca Elise
Heather Darr, Sarah Owens, Ally Hatz, Becca Elise. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Boran Buturovic, Blake Aston, Mikey Gough, Seth Hurwitz, Paul Ribe, Will Speer
 Boran Buturovic, Blake Aston, Mikey Gough, Seth Hurwitz, Paul Ribe, Will Speer. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016,
Chili cooks compete for judges' love and for Casa de Esperanza. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Keen Butcher, Meghan Moore, Alex Creede, Brandon Smith
Keen Butcher, Meghan Moore, Alex Creede, Brandon Smith. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Peyton Welty, Jay Van Kessel, Sandi Marine, Daniel Marine, Nick Luyster
Peyton Welty, Jay Van Kessel, Sandi Marine, Daniel Marine, Nick Luyster. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Nyisha Webb, Claire Armstrong, Wendy Usher
 Nyisha Webb, Claire Armstrong, Wendy Usher. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Hannah Wendling, Hanna Siler, Kathy Stritt, Gabrielle Juqueria, Rachel Fisher
Hannah Wendling, Hanna Siler, Kathy Stritt, Gabrielle Juqueria, Rachel Fisher. Courtesy of Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Kristen Killion, Mike Hoffman, Michelle Erwin, Kyle Smith, Brittany London, Luke Franz, Madeline R., David Zahn
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Cathy Hernandez, Mike Cortez, Kevin Stricklnad, Eric Sandler, Shanna Jones, Felice Sloan
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Mitchell Currie, Katie Currie, Jordan Balcom, Duncan Balcom
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Alison Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Kish, Minette Corpuz, Bruch Kish Sr.
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Heather Darr, Sarah Owens, Ally Hatz, Becca Elise
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Boran Buturovic, Blake Aston, Mikey Gough, Seth Hurwitz, Paul Ribe, Will Speer
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016,
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Keen Butcher, Meghan Moore, Alex Creede, Brandon Smith
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Peyton Welty, Jay Van Kessel, Sandi Marine, Daniel Marine, Nick Luyster
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Nyisha Webb, Claire Armstrong, Wendy Usher
Casa de Esperanza chili cook-off, March 2016, Hannah Wendling, Hanna Siler, Kathy Stritt, Gabrielle Juqueria, Rachel Fisher

It's one of the hottest young professional events of the season, as evidenced last week by the turnout of 500 chili enthusiasts for Casa de Esperanza Young Professional's Annual Chili Cook-off.

Cottonwood was crawling with party people who chose chili over the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo barbecue cook-off taking place at the same time. The sixth annual afternoon bash filled the air with the seductive aromas of the various chili interpretations and filled the tummies of the judges, who selected the "Beverly Hillchillies" for top honors.

Reaching for the Rolaids after sampling the lot of the entries were judges Mike Cortez, Cathy Hernandez, Shanna Jones, Felice Sloan, Kevin Strickland and CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler

Cook-off chairs Jordan and Duncan Balcom and Katie and Mitchell Currie congratulated the winning team members — Bruce Kish, Andrew Ashcroft, Mark Hurley, Minette Corpuz, and Ryan Murphy.

The peppers were hot and so were a number of the cute young things that provided eye candy for the outdoor fest. The partying crowd included past cook-off chairs Brad Dinerstein, Tim Neuhaus, Jaclyn Martin, and Bruce Wallace and host committee members including Sarah Brejot, Elizabeth Lawrie, Nicole Jawanmardi and Alex Miller, Kerry Lee, Lauren and Trent Sims, and David Zahn.

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