Fort Wood Hotels walked away with the Best of Show Award at the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off held Saturday, January 21st.
The 2017 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off judges were Julie Harmon with Nona's Kitchen, Gabriel Areizanga with Paradis Pit, and Jon Alexander with Brothers BBQ.
Awards were given for the following categories:
Participation Ribbons:
“Mardi Gras Meltdown” Free Women’s Center of Pulaski County
"Putin Free Trump Chili" Infuze Credit Union
Showmanship Award:
1st Place- "Make Chili Great Again" Fort Wood Hotels
2nd Place- "The Hot Chili Fighters" B&B Waynesville Patriot 12
3rd Place- "Top Secret" Columbia College
People’s Choice Award:
1st Place- “The Campground Dazzlers" Boiling Spring Campground with $324
2nd Place- "Make Chili Great Again" Fort Wood Hotels with $301
3rd-Place- "Top Secret" Columbia College with $248.31
Judges’ Choice Champion Chili:
1st Place- "Make Chili Great Again" Fort Wood Hotels
2nd Place- "We're Just Chili-in" Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center
3rd Place- "The Hot Chili Fighters" B&B Waynesville Patriot 12
Best of Show Award:
"Make Chili Great Again" Fort Wood Hotels
The People’s Choice Award is awarded to the team that raises the most donations during the event. Event attendees voted for their favorite chili by making cash donations at the team booths. These funds are specifically designated for the Chamber’s Right Choice Scholarship. With the money donated to the People's Choice voting, this year the Chamber will be able to award a record breaking six - $250 scholarships! The Showmanship and Judges’ Choice Champion Chili is decided by the judges and the Best of Show is a combination from the Showmanship and Judges’ Choice Champion Chili categories. By winning the Best of Show Award, Fort Wood Hotels earned a free entry into next year’s event.
The Chamber would like to thank the community for their support as well as all the teams, and volunteers for making this event a success.
A special thank you to our sponsors:
Spicy Sponsors: City of St. Robert, Daily Guide, Fort Wood Hotels, Guidon, Infuze Credit Union, KFLW 98.9 the Fort, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Panera Bread, and Stonebrooke Center.
Hot Sponsors: Anytime Fitness, Stryker Orthodontics, Webster University, and Wendy’s.
Mild Sponsors: Buffalo Wild Wings, Colton's Steakhouse and Grill - St. Robert, and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.