On June 14 in the fabulous inner courtyard of Schlössle Hotel’s Restaurant Stenhus almost 100 AmCham members gathered for the last event of the business season – our traditional Chili Cook-Off! It was a fabulous warm summer night of chili, friendship, mingling and gin tonic – the courtesy of our long-time partner Prike!
All participants made a huge effort and have put up amazing stations with authentic decorations, costumes, complementing garnishes, and, of course, – delicious chili! We were truly blown away by the level of preparation of all teams!
Our jury team, which included a true chili expert John Sullivan, Keirin and Karl von Ramm (Padise Manor), Ave-Stina Udam (Paulig Foods/Santa Maria), Michael Smith (Maailmavalgus MTÜ) and Omar Facuse (U.S. Embassy) had to make a very difficult decision and choose the best of the best!
Also, our tasters did a great job attending to all the stations, trying out different variations of this spicy dish (some of them were super HOT!!!) and picked their own favorite!
When it came down to counting the votes, all teams were very close, but in the end, the Texas Honky Tonk Team took the first place! Our tasters voted for Köök’s team with their Ring of Fire Chili to be the People´s Choice.
We would like to thank everyone for participating in the hottest event of this season! Special thank you goes to Hotel Schlössle for hosting and contributing to the event! We would also like to thank Coca-Cola for sponsoring the soft drinks, Paulig Foods for providing us with Santa Maria chips and gifts for all the contestants and Prike AS for the delicious gin tonic!
And of course we would like to thank all the teams, who took their time to prepare the chili and even more time to prepare all the details, which made this chili cook-off experience so wonderful!
Photos by Sergei Krasii, Fotki Inc. for AmCham Estonia (c). To view the full album, please CLICK HERE