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Queer Chili Cook Off!

A cooking competition to benefit Centre LGBT+. Calling all chili chefs!  

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Register to Compete!

We have 15 contestant openings available and 3 alternates.

DEADLINE to register: May 1st, 2024

Entry Fees are non-refundable.


  1. Contestants must pre-register, no walk in entry’s are permitted.

  2. Contestants must sign in at the registration table upon arrival.

  3. Chili must be prepared in advance and brought to the competition in a crockpot or other vessel to keep it hot. Contestants need to bring their own serving utensils.

  4. Contestants should have prepared between 5-8 quarts of chili.

  5. Contestants must have an ingredients list at their station (recipe not needed) this is for anyone who may have allergies to see the ingredients listed.

  6. Eating utensils such as bowls, spoons, cups, and napkins will be provided.

  7. Special condiments or sides are not permitted-this is about the chili after all!

  8. Each contestant will prepare their chili cup with their assigned number on it for the judges. Runners will collect the entry’s and deliver them to be judged. No identifying details are allowed.

  9. Judges will be facing away from the chef stations or in a separate area altogether to keep the judging fully anonymous.

  10. Contestants are responsible for the station clean up.


  • Judging will start promptly at 1pm-no late admittance will be allowed.

  • Winners will be announced once the judging has commenced around 3:30pm

  • 3 rounds of judging will occur to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

  • An honorable mention winner will be selected by ticket holders/public.

  • Judging is based on TASTE alone.


  • Each judge will sample the 15 chili submissions and rank them on a scale from 1-10 based on the criteria above.

  • The top 5 highest points will move on to round 2.

  • In the event of a tie, a 4th judge will be asked to sample the tied chili’s and rank them to break the tie.


  • The top 5 chili finalists will be tasted a second time and the top 3 will be chosen.


  • Each judge will rank the top 3 chili finalists.

  • Based on the rankings received the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be determined.

  • Honorable Mention winner is chosen by votes/public voting.

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