This past Friday night, the Anglican Church had their annual Chili Cook-off at the Kemptville Legion. A panel of five judges were asked to judge the chili entries, submitted by the local catering and restaurant community. Yours truly was a last-minute replacement judge representing the North Grenville Times, as Maggie Boyer wasn’t feeling well. Also represented on the judges panel were the North Grenville Fire Service, the local OPP detachment, North Grenville Municipal Council, and the Kemptville Players Theatre Group.
The judges had a very difficult task, as all of the entries were superb. The capacity crowd at the event were able to vote electronically for their favourite and eventually a winner was chosen, with all of the voting being close. The judges made a choice, but the consensus on the judging panel was not necessarily the same as the crowd’s choice of winner, which was the Five Star Restaurant. But, in the end, the real winners were the people who will benefit from the money raised by the church.