Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off announces 2013 winners

From left, Chefs Greg Koss, Up the Creek Grill (People’s Choice Award) and Patrick Jochim, Steaks and Sticks Restaurant & Bar at Los Abrigados (Judge’s Award)

From left, Chefs Greg Koss, Up the Creek Grill (People’s Choice Award) and Patrick Jochim, Steaks and Sticks Restaurant & Bar at Los Abrigados (Judge’s Award)

More than 1,000 chili enthusiasts flocked to the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona to help determine the best chili in the area and to support the Rotary Club of Sedona's community projects.

Fourteen of the area's best chefs competed for the coveted "Judges" and "People's Choice" Awards. Steaks and Sticks Restaurant & Bar at Los Abrigados entry "Triple Amenaza Chili' was awarded the Judges Award for the best chili. Second Runner up was Barking Frog Grille while Up the Creek Grill received the third place award. The "Judges Award" was decided by a distinguished panel including Patrick Schweiss, Leslie Hunt and Fire Chief Kris Kazian.

Garnering the most ballots for the People's Choice Trophy was Up the Creek Grill with the winning entry "Canyon Country Chili." Second runner up was Schoolhouse Restaurant while Steak and Sticks Restaurant & Bar at Los Abrigados won third place. Funds raised from the Cook-Off support local and international Rotary service projects including the Imagination Library Program and End Polio Now Campaign. The Rotary Club of Sedona meets every Tuesday noon at the Barking Frog Grille.

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