Chilebrown at home

Monday, March 31, 2014


It was time to broaden our judging credentials. We had the opportunity to become certified judges for the 'International Chili Society' This society if famous for the 'World Championship Chili Contest' held in Teralingua, Texas. David Hipskind past 'World Championship Chili Chief Judge" was our instructor for this intensive chili judging tutorial. We had to travel to the Grange Hall located in Elk Grove, California for our instructions. We were prepared to step into this new food judging arena.
  We learned about chili history, styles and judging rules in this fascinating class. We had a hands on chili tasting to demonstrate judging rules and techniques. The rules are similar to bbq judging but have their own unique facets that are new to us. We finally had to recite an oath pledging our allegiance to fair and proper chili judging. We are now "Certified Chili Judges". We are looking forward to this new chapter of judging that has opened for us.

International Chili Society


Zoomie said...

I can't think of anyone who would do a better job than you two.

Greg said...

A great way to spend a day!

Three Dogs BBQ said...

So, what are the judging categories? Is appearance still a category? If so, how do you judge that?

Chilebrown said...

Zoomie, Carroll Shelby your beloved chili maker was one of the founders of the International Chili Society.

Greg, I agree.

Three Dogs BBQ, The rules are similar with bbq in some ways but not scoring. The chilis are ranked first, second and third by each individual judge. The rankings receive a number and which ever chili gets the highest amount wins. Using similar categories like bbq are used in your overall decisions.(Appearance, Taste, Tenderness)

Big Dude said...

Congrats on the new certification - I'm a non certified chili lover :-)

Chilebrown said...

Big Dude, Chili is a beautiful thing. I have entered local chili contest with success. I have never entered a ICS contest. No beans or pasta allowed. This is a new venue that we are looking forward to.