Truckee Chili Cookoff : Hot Stuff |

Truckee Chili Cookoff : Hot Stuff

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun"Happy" Gilmore accepts first place for the individual category from Paul Duggan at the Truckee Chili Cookoff. Gilmore's Garage andamp; Chili served "Liquid Plumber," complete with Fritos and sour cream. When asked what made the chili so hot, Gilmore replied "My girlfriend."

Almost 1,000 chili lovers witnessed a classic contest among 15 competent chili chefs fighting to the finish for the top prize at the hotly contested Truckee Chili Cookoff, sponsored by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary.Taking first place in the Individual category was Ryan andamp;#8220;Happyandamp;#8221; Gilmore, successful in his first outing.First honors in the Nonprofit category went to the team from Tahoe Forest Hospital led by Matt Pierz, Executive Chef. Jax Truckee Diner won in the Restaurant category andamp;#8212; the establishment will open July 14. Owner Bud Haley credited Executive Chef Melinda Dorn with creating the award-winning recipe. Jax Truckee Diner also won the People’s Choice award. The Grand Champion was the young team andamp;#8220;Poets on Payday,andamp;#8221; Lyle Poulin, Aaron Oropeza and Michael Kugler. They say the team name was taken from the chili cookoff episode of The Simpsons. The panel of judges, Pat Davison, Travis Pribble, Jake Hudson, Brian andamp;#8220;Shaggyandamp;#8221; Smith, Truckee Mayor Mark Brown and Ellen Grace said all contestants cooked a fine chili.This community fundraiser provided a day of fun with chili tasting, non-stop entertainment by Bud Worrell, the Sierra Mountainaires, Pleasant Heads and The Red Devil Rhythm Section featuring The Reverend B. Wright and special guest star andamp;#8220;One Foot Johnson.andamp;#8221; The Railroad Regulators made a surprise appearance ending a sudden brawl with a deadly gunfight. All proceeds benefit Truckee-North Tahoe programs addressing the needs of youth, economically disadvantaged and elderly.

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