Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 event!

2018 Chili Cook-Off Results

Best Professional  (Con Carne)

  1. East Side Eatery, Derek Rupp (Santa Cruz)
  2. Midgley's Public House, Michael Midgley (Stockton)
  3. The Bull Pit Smoked Chili, Gary Whitehead (Oakley)


Best Amateur (Con Carne)

  1. Dirato's Grotto, Mark Dirato (Concord)
  2. It's a Brit Chili, Dan Slipper (Santa Cruz)
  3. Lost Boys Chili, Amanda Granados (Santa Cruz)


Best Professional Vegetarian

  1. Ric's Rightous Red, Ric Gilbert (San Jose)
  2. The Bull Pit Smoked Chili, Gary Whitehead (Oakley)
  3. UCSC's Chili Babosa, Joshua Martin (Santa Cruz)


Best Amateur Vegetarian

  1. Oink & Moo, Doug Ludlow (San Jose)
  2. Dragonmama's Politically Incorrect Chili, Michele Hartmangruber (Fremont)
  3. Unky Mucky Good Time Chili, Micah Mucklow (Santa Cruz)

People's Choice Amateur:

Oink & Moo (San Jose)

People's Choice Professional:

East Side Eatery (Santa Cruz)

Most Tasted Amateur:

Oink & Moo (San Jose)

Most Tasted Professional:

The Bull Pit Smoked Chili (Oakley)

Most Original Team

(Booth Décor & Theming)

  1. Gillie's Chili (Hayward)
  2. Dirato's Grotto (Concord)
  3. Cracker's Honky Tonk Chili (Fremont)

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9am-10am: Chef's prep (no heat)
  • 10am-1pm: Chili cook time
  • 10am: Tasting kits go on sale
  • 1pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4pm: Winners announced at the Neptune's Stage (beachside of Neptune's Kingdom)

Event Program

Chili Pot

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit Teen Kitchen Project, a non-profit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to cook delicious and nourishing meals for individuals and families coping with life-threatening illnesses in Santa Cruz County.

Teen Kitchen Project

Competition Info

The competition features four categories:

  • Amateur Red
  • Amateur Vegetarian Red
  • Professional Red
  • Professional Vegetarian Red

Awards given for Best Chili in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Most Original Booth.

Awards include plaques, cash prizes, and bragging rights!

Team Rules & Info

Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off Sponsors

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