It was a historic afternoon at the Centerville Archers. The sun was shining, the judges were sweating and swigging beer in between chili samples. Fourteen amateur chefs battled it out for $250 and a chance to have their chili on Archer’s Menu for a year.
Let us tell you the winning chili was amazing. It was historic because for the first time a non-traditional chili won the event.
YES ! A White Chicken Chili made by Misty Hendrix blew away the judges,and took home the championship.
Judges included Sallie Taylor from Living Dayton TV, Chip Cassano CEO Cassano’s Pizza, Andy Harmon NFL veteran from Philadelphia Eagles, The Big Ragu from Food Adventures blog, Joel Poelking, owner of Poelking Lanes South and more!
One at a time, fourteen contestants presented their chili – judged on appearance, texture, taste and sellability. The judges were armed with spoons, bowls, papers and pens. Notes were made, beers were drank, numbers were crunched. Then the top 3 chili’s went to a final decision by the Archer’s Owners vote….
The winner, Misty Hendrix and her chicken chili won $250. It was the best chicken chili that the Big Ragu has ever tried. Her secret ingredient to the creamy, tasty chili is …. a dollop of cream cheese cooked right in.
In the next couple of weeks, the chili will be available at Archer’s Restaurants. This is just reason #214 to go their for lunch or dinner.
FYI, The Big Ragu was one judge with input. He ranked the chili’s 1 through 14 and his top 4 were :
Chili #6 by Jim Weaver
Chili #1 by Hansgren
Chili #10 by Misty Hendrix
Chili #2 by Clouse
Thanks to Dan Apolito and Mike Fullenkamp for running a spectacular party and cookoff. The staff at Archers worked their butt off to serve, clean and make the experience priceless.
THANK YOU ARCHERS ! CONGRATULATIONS MISTY HENDRIX!
Check out the winning Chicken Chili recipe, available soon at Archer’s Tavern.