Not to be confused with Cooking off.

A cook-off is a cooking competition where the contestants each prepare dishes for judging either by a select group of judges or by the general public. Cook-offs are very popular among competitors (such as restaurants) with very similar dishes and serves as a way to decide which recipe is the best for that particular dish.[citation needed]


Chili cook-off

A chili cook-off is a social event, similar to a barbecue, in which competitors prepare their own particular recipe for chili con carne and submit it for taste testing. A cook-off may be an informal gathering with the simple goal of sharing recipes and enjoying food, or it may be a large-scale event with an official panel of judges and substantial prizes for winners.

The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctions over 550 cook-offs annually that raise over $1,000,000 for charity. Corporate CASI, which has the function of sanctioning all of these cook-offs, doing the necessary work to tabulate cookoff results, and putting on the annual Terlingua International Chili Championship, has an annual income of approximately $250,000. Out of this annual income around $60,000 goes to charity. The CASI is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

The International Chili Society (ICS) organizes chili cook-offs as fundraisers. Its annual cook-offs are on a grand scale, with regional qualifying events that attract tens of thousands of participants and a "World Championship" cook-off held in October. The ICS has raised millions of dollars for charity[1] while still awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to winners.

As early as 1970, many communities have hosted non-ICS cook-offs, leading to a competing "World Championship" cook-off in Terlingua, Texas.

Notable cook-offs include:

  • the Chilympiad in San Marcos, Texas (for men only)
  • the Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned cookoff in Luckenbach, Texas
  • the Chili Appreciation Society International Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas
  • the Frank X. Tolbert/Wick Fowler World Chili Championships in Terlingua, Texas
  • the Lone Star Chili Cook-off in New York City

Seafood cook-off

A seafood cook-off is an event in which competitors prepare their own particular seafood dishes to submit to a panel of industry judges for taste testing.

The Louisiana Seafood Cook-off took place on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Louisiana is known for its multitude of delicious seafood and talented chefs, but there can only be one King of Louisiana Seafood and at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Chef Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace was awarded the title. The 2008 Louisiana Seafood King, Chef Brian Landry of Galatoire's, was there to hand over his crown to the new king. McPhail represented the state at the Great American Seafood Cook-off.

At the Great American Seafood Cook-off, the finest chefs from around the country show their skills in seafood preparation. The 2009 Great American Seafood Cook-off, which drew chefs from 15 different states, was held Saturday, July 18, in New Orleans for the sixth straight year. The event, which has featured both up-and-coming and celebrity chefs over the years, underscored the importance of cooking with domestic seafood and encouraged the use of products from sustainable fisheries. Chefs must use domestic seafood from their home states, and the event encourages the use of products from sustainable fisheries.

Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander's Palace in New Orleans, was crowned "King of American Seafood." New Jersey's Peter Fischbach, executive chef for Gourmet Dining Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, captured second prize, while Alaska's Patrick Hoogerhyde, executive chef of WildFin Seagrill in Anchorage took home third.

The Great American Seafood Cook-off is funded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),[2] audited by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI),[3] and endorsed by the National Restaurant Association (NRA).[4]

The Great American Seafood Cook-off is featured on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and Food Network.

Past winners:

  • Year 1: Chef John Besh--LA
  • Year 2: Chef Randy Evans--TX
  • Year 3: Chef Justin Timineri--FL
  • Year 4: Chef Tim Thomas--GA
  • Year 5: Chef John Currence--MS
  • Year 6: Chef Tory McPhail--LA
  • Year 7: Chef Dawn Williams Girard--MS

See Also


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External links

Mackinac Island Chili Cook-off, held each February on this remote Island in the Upper Midwest

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