Wild Wild West Chili Cook-off

October 25, 2013

Congratulations to all of the winners of our Annual Engineering Wild Wild West Chili Cook-off!

On October 11th, 2013, hundreds of us took over a wild west town in Half Moon Bay to participate in Engineering’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off. Some spent the day serving up their tasty and creative chili offerings to a hungry crowd...

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Others practiced their horse vaulting skills, competed in the pie eating contest, or just sat back and watched the sights on main street….

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...and few left without taking at least one photo with “Clint Eastwood” in the chapel!

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Special thanks to our guest judges, Jeff Weiner, Kevin Scott, and Joe Peterson, who were in attendance to taste the chili and announce their favorites. The judges decided to invite their picks to compete against each other in the LinkedIn cafe and open up judging to all of LinkedIn to decide on a grand winner.

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Wild Wild West Chili Cook-Off -- Official Winners

Popular Vote

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Chili Dhamaka

Boyan Li, Raymond Baker, Adrian Novelo, Priyanka Chauhan, Srihari Murali, Michelle Shi, Youyou Yang

Chili two ways: “Wontons in Red Chilli Oil”: If you’re into something hot, this classic Szechuan dish is for you. The silky smooth wonton skin and the well-balanced chilli sauce helps cut through the meat wrapped in dumplings and it will get you hooked. And “Rajma Chaval”: Red kidney beans in an exotic gravy of Indian spices, served on a bed of flavored Basmati rice or Bruschetta style (fusion), topped with fried panner (Indian cottage cheese), spring onions, tomatoes, ginger and fried peppers.

Best Vegetarian

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[in]dian Chili

Sarasija Parthasarthy, Rupesh Gupta

This vegan chili is cooked in a paste of freshly ground tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic and then seasoned with all the roasted spices from the Indian spice box – coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper.

Spiciest Chili

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Chili Chili Bang Bang

Zach White

Beef and Pork simmered with tomatoes and 5 different kinds of peppers for 2 days, to layer heat, spice and flavor. The burn builds as you eat it.

Judge's Pick - Jeff Weiner

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Over the Top

Matthew Hayes, William Vaughan

Team Over the Top presented an old world-influenced, cassoulet-inspired chili made with duck confit, pork sausage and cannellini beans that was served with duck fat-fried waffle fries. To do justice to the team name, the chili was topped with crispy duck skin, cheese, green onions, and an over-the-top hot sauce made with Trinidad scorpion peppers.

Judge's Pick - Kevin Scott

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New World Chili

Josh Walker, Tim Worboys, Maverick Lee

New World Chili with Tequila Grits. Chili prepared entirely with ingredients indigenous to North and Central America. Tequila-infused corn grits topped with a mole-style chili of bison and venison.

Judge's Pick - Joseph Peterson

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Chili Con Carnival

Craig Sebenik

Chili with 3 types of beef and 4 types of pork. Simmered in a mole poblano-inspired sauce. Topped off with Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.

Honorable Mention

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80 Proof

Dan Sully

Texas style, no bean Bulleit Bourbon Chili, made with beef short ribs, beef chuck, 5 kinds of peppers & bacon stock.

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Keep an eye out for an invitation to taste the judges picks in the LinkedIn Cafe and vote for your favorite!!