‘Chili Billy’ takes top honors at cook-off | TheUnion.com

‘Chili Billy’ takes top honors at cook-off

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It was perfect “chili weather” when hundreds of chili aficionados descended on Rough and Ready Sept. 29 for the community’s annual Chili Cook-off.

Thirteen of the area’s top chili chefs cooked their special concoctions and made them available for judging by a panel of judges, as well as the public at large. The Chili Cook-off, a non-sanctioned event, left the International Chili Society and adopted its own Rough and Ready Rules in 2004.

Visitors were able to purchase tasting kits to sample the various offerings, listen to the music of the Fruit Jar Pickers, take a chance on Chicken Roulette and watch the blacksmith demonstrations in the Fippin Blacksmith Shop and view the antique autos of the GraNeva A’s. Additional food was offered by the Rough and Ready Grange No. 795 and the Firefighter’s Auxiliary.

The Cook-off resulted in a double win for Team Chili Billy and team leader Billy Williams of Grass Valley, who won first place and $500 in the judged competition, as well as the People’s Choice $250 award. Second place and the $250 cash prize was awarded to Mondog’s Chili and Team Leader Monte Downing, also from Grass Valley.

Other competitors in the event, organized by the Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce, were:

From Rough and Ready: team leader Monty Wright and the Rough and Ready Fire Fighter’s Old Firehouse Chili; Doug Mead and his Meat’s Outlaw Chili; and John William’s Bonanza Chili.

From Penn Valley: Paul Ruffo and Jim Black’s Black Bart’s Chili; Jimmy Cooper’s Cornbread WHAT!!!; Jeremiah Johnson’s Buffalo Boy’s BBQ; Jewel Willis’ Clucker Plucker’s Chili; Anna Dillavou’s Dillavou Spice; and Joyce DeChiecio and Charlene Turner’s Granny’s Awesome Chili.

From Grass Valley: The Amerigas Gas Passers, led by John Murphy and Keith Marcussen.

From Fernley, Nev.: Ron Bessette Jr. and Sr. and their Hot Chills.

The Chamber is already accepting applications for next year’s competition. For more information and an application, visit http://RoughandReadyChamber.com, email info@RoughandReadyChamber.com or call 530-272-4320.

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