Well here we are again planning for this year’s championships! I’m really looking forward to another exciting year. The Chilli Cook-off scene in the UK is really starting to grow and I can’t wait to get going again!
I have to say 2014 was an amazing year! Over 80 teams competed over 12 heats across the UK. The standard of the entries in each of the events really did astound me. The UK has an incredibly talented bunch of chilli chefs and it was an absolute pleasure meeting each and every one of them. Each of the heats produced very worthy winners and I congratulate them all again for the achievement of being the area champions! The 2014 final was held at the brilliant Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival. Although the UKCCA was founded in Reading, Upton Cheyney is fast becoming our spiritual home. In fact, for the second year in a row, I can confirm that the Grand Final of the 2015 UKCCA championships will again be held at the Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival on Sunday September 13th!
The 2014 final saw all of the heat winners battle one more time for the coveted prize of UK Chilli Cook-off Champion. The scoring was incredibly close, with Big Chef/Little Chef and Billy Franks coming within a whisker of the winning. The eventual winners though were the Wonky Donkey Monsters! Nick Latham and Robb Eadie were also champions in 2013 so it’s a remarkable achievement and shows the incredible consistency of their efforts. Robb and Nick flew out to Las Vegas in early November to compete in the Chilli section of the World Food Championships and incredibly they achieved 1st place in the People’s Choice Award!! This was an absolutely outstanding achievement, beating dozens of American teams at their own game! This really does go to show that the UK produces some of the best chilli in the world!!
The 2015 championships are already upon us. The first event was at the Burton Chilli Festival in late November. We have plans for another dozen or so local heats this year, stretching out further than ever before to ensure more people can experience the fun and challenge of a Chilli Cook-off! We have several events confirmed already and we’ll be adding more in the next couple of months from London to Warrington and possibly all the way up to Scotland!
So, can you cook an amazing chilli con carne or vegetarian chilli or do you know a friend or family member who can? Here’s your chance to prove that you really can cook the best Chilli in the land and win some terrific prizes on the way!
Visit www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk to find out about our upcoming heats as well as the cook-off rules and judging criteria!
Best of luck to all the teams competing this year!!
Jon – UKCCA
PS – Do you have a fair or show coming up or would your company like something different to run as a team building activity? Chilli Cook-offs are great fun and will complement any event! The UKCCA can help you run your own Chilli cook-off and can even make it an officially sanctioned qualifier for the 2015 championships! Just go to www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk/content/contact-us and send us some details and we’ll call you straight back.