4th Annual Downtown Golden Holiday Chili Cookoff
Saturday December 4th, Golden, Colorado
heavy snow earlier in the week, we were relived when Mother
Nature gave us a break for a few days and
it warm up into the high 40's. Enough to melt some of the
foot of snow that fell on Monday. Crystal Clear skies
greeted us with the dawn this morning. Cooks wasted no time
in setting up and lighting their stoves for the 4th Annual
Downtown Holiday Chili Cookoff. With cooks from Nebraska,
Texas and Colorado the cookoff was well represented.
Setting up our Booths right on Main Street, we had the
perfect vantage point for the City of Golden's Annual
Downtown Holiday parade, which passed right in front of us
as we cooked! As the distinctive smell of chili started to
fill the air, the parade started to roll. Everything
imaginable was in this annual holiday event, culminating
with the arrival of the Jolly old man himself, Santa Claus.
Many a holiday shopper stopped and visited with chili cooks
and sampled their culinary art.
Mike Parker and John Montgomery
greeting folks at the Downtown Golden Cook-off
Photo by Steve Lee
to the Winners
Green division, Steve Lee of Longmont, Colorado took top
Showmanship was also won by Steve Lee and his Warriors of
the Crimson Pepper (Longmont, Colorado)
Lee of Longmont CO continued his winning ways. After
placing 19th at TICC, he swept this event. Placing first in
Red with his Warriors Red Chili. Linda Wilkinson of
Loveland placed 2nd. Rocky Kimball placed 3rd with the
Colorado Pod's very own Great Pepper Lyman Wilkinson placing
the 2nd time in four cook-off’s that Steve Lee
has swept an event!