Chili cook-off

June 15, 1999

Five entrants put their spiciest, beaniest recipes to the test in the first Chili Cook-Off organized by WQCM and Jaycees of Hagerstown during Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The recipes from the competitors - four individuals and a restaurant - were rated on overall taste by a panel of judges and the public.

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The only entrant in the restaurant category was Kerch's Southern BBQ in Hagerstown, so it received the first-place award. The eatery also won the People's Choice Award, for which it was given a plaque bearing its name for display. The plaque will travel year after year to the restaurant that claims the title, according to Scott Fessler, fund-raising director for the Jaycees and chairman of the committee that organized the event.

The first-place individual winner was Ed Enamait of Fairplay. He received $200.

The second-place winners were Pete Lazich of Clear Spring and Chris Weaver of Hagerstown, who entered as a team. They won $100.


Chip Alsip and Nicole Miller of Hagerstown earned $50 for placing third. They also won the People's Choice Award, which earned them $50 and a trophy.

Between entry fees and profits from selling chili samples, the cook-off raised $509 for Jaycees of Hagerstown, a nonprofit group that conducts projects and fund-raisers to help the community.

Among the judges for the competition were Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II; Ron Krisulevicz of WHAG-TV; Randy Mitchell of WQCM Radio; and Dorianna Colon, Maryland Jaycees' manager for District 7, which includes the Annapolis area.

Sponsors were Budweiser, City of Hagerstown, Creative Impressions, I-81.Net Internet Solutions, Mainframe/Server Solutions LLC and American Trust Bank.

Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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