2012 Chilly Willie Chili Challenge Winners Announced

2012 Chilly Willie Chili Challenge Winners Announced
Posted on 01/23/2012

The Village of Orland Park hosted the 2012 Chilly Willie Chili Challenge on Saturday, January 21 at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Thirty two cooks participated in the contests sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). The challenge included competitions in red chili, salsa, chili verde, showmanship and People's Choice. Approximately 90 judges volunteered to blind taste and rate the salsa and chili to determine the winners. The winner of the ICS competition qualifies for the World's Championship Chili Cookoff.

Over 200 people paid a $5.00 entry fee for the public tasting and a chance to vote on the People's Choice winner. Entertainment was provided by the Orland Park Glee and Events in Sound DJ.

Listed below are the 2012 Chilly Willie Chili Challenge winners.

ICS (International Chili Society) Winners
Salsa
First Place- Jill Goldberg, Madison, WI
Second Place- Maureen Barrett, Willow Springs, IL
Third Place- Lauren Ray, Livonia, MI

Chili Verde
First Place- Jeff Netser, Seymour, IN
Second Place- Lauren Ray, Livonia, MI
Third Place- Georgia Weller, Rockton, IL

ICS Chili
First Place- Jim Weller, Rockton, IL
Second Place- Gary Ray, Livonia MI
Third Place- Mike Usiak- Chicago, IL

CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) Winners
First Place- Brian Spencer, Champaign, IL
Second Place- Bill Pierson, Batavia, IL
Third Place- Julie Nester, Seymour, IN
Fourth Place- Georgia Weller, Rockton, IL
Fifth Place- Jeff Nester, Seymour, IN
Sixth Place- Candice Thomas, Naperville, IL
Seventh Place- Cheryl Pierson, Batavia, IL
Eighth Place- Mike Usiak- Chicago, IL
Ninth Place- Jim Weller, Rockton, IL
Tenth Place- Wes Carlson, Loves Park, IL

Showmanship Winners
First Place- Jose Torres, Orland Park, IL
Second Place- Cheryl Pierson, Batavia, IL
Third Place- Gary Christensen, Cedar Rapids, IA

People's Choice Winner
Jose Torres, Orland Park, IL