12th Annual Chili Competition at Skully’s (Concurso Gastronómico de Chili)

(Tracuccion español abajo)

The sun was shining and the weather was sweet and Bocas del Toro was at Skully’s tasting all the chili they could eat. The 12th annual Chili Cook-Off was held Sunday October fist at Skully’s bar and restaurant, located on the beach past Big Creek heading towards Paunch.

Every year around this time during this beautiful dry and calm weather, teams gather under tents on the beach and start cooking at 9am. Tasting is at 2pm and everything must be cooked on site. The public is invited to buy tasting cups for $3 and vote on the best tasting chili. Teams also get points for style, as chili tasters are also asked to vote on the team that displayed the most Showmanship. As you can see, these silly chili makers really went above and beyond this year.

Ben, Natalya and baby Arriana getting creative with their booth.

 

Skully’s packed 300 or so people, gettin’ their Sunday-Afternoon-Chili on.

After all the dust settled and all the spoons were licked clean, votes were cast and Toro Loco came out on top for the 2nd consecutive year. “Not only did we win, but we serve this chili every day at the Toro Loco,” team member Robbin Blythe was excited to say. Congrats to Robbin, Nico, Rose and all the whole Toro Loco crew, who have proved to be the team to beat in the 2018 13th Annual Chili Challenge.  The full results here:

  1. Toro Loco Chili
  2. Hot Shyte Chili
  3. Cowboy Chili

Showmanship: Hillbilly Chili   (Their dish was served in a bowl alright…a toilet bowl!)

Nico, Robbin and Rose (left to right) of the Toro Loco Chili team

 

Honorable mention goes to the Random Chili Kids, 8 children from ages 7 to 12 who cooked and prepared theirselves, with the guidance of their brilliant instructor, Christin of Random Art. Christin gives culinary classes as well as art classes to children. This reporter must say the cooking class is going well because the chili was yummy. Good job, kids!

Random Chili Kids! Christin and some her students from her Random Art classes

JB Seligman was thrilled to report record numbers of participants this year: 250 cups and over 300 people in attendance. Live music was enjoyed as the Bookstore All-Stars (the house band of the Bookstore Bar) with special guest Pancho Chiu were in the house. Collections for the next Say Panama clinic were collected and resulted in $222 towards the next spay and neuter clinic.

JB Seligman and John Lang, Chili Competition founders and organizers- 12 years later.

Live music filled the air. Left to right: Yeyo Montana, Pancho Chiu, Jorge Enrique Saldaña Paz and Amélie Langlois

Congratulations Bocas del Toro, the community keeps the Chili Contest dream alive- 12 years consecutively. See you next year at #13!

 

En Español

Concurso Gastronómico de Chili (El famoso “Chili Cook-Off en su 12o año)

El sol estaba brillando, el clima estaba agradable y Bocas del Toro estaba en Skully’s degustando de todo el chile que podían comer. El doceavo Concurso Gastronómico de Chili anual se llevó acabo el domingo primero de octubre en el restaurante bar Skully´s, ubicado en la playa después de Big Creek en el camino a Paunch.

Cada año alrededor de este tiempo y durante este maravilloso clima calmado y seco, los equipos se agrupan en la playa bajo sus carpas y empiezan a cocinar a las 9 am. La degustación empieza a las 2pm y todo debe cocinarse ahí mismo. El público es invitado a comprar un vasito por 3$ para probar y votar por el chile más sabroso.

Después de que llego el atardecer y todas las ollas estaban vacías, se hicieron los votos y Toro Loco fue el que triunfó por 2ndo año consecutivo. “No solo ganamos, pero este chile lo servimos todos los días en Toro Loco,” dijo emocionado el miembro del equipo Robbin Blythe . Felicidades a Robbin, Nico, Rose y a todo el equipo de Toro Loco, que comprobaron que son el equipo a vencer en el Desafío de Chili 2018. Los resultados completos:

  1. Toro Loco Chili
  2. Hot Shyte Chili
  3. Cowboy Chili

Talento para el espectáculo- Hillbilly Chili 

Un reconocimiento honorifico para el Random Chili Kids, 8 niños de 7 a 12 años quienes cocinaron y prepararon todo ellos mismos, bajo la orientación de su genial instructora, Christin de Random Art. Christin da clases culinarias al igual que clases de arte a los niños. Este reportero le informa que las clases deben ser muy buenas ya que el chili estaba sabroso. ¡Buen trabajo chicos!

JB Selgman estaba entusiasmado al reportar los nuevo récord de participantes este año: 250 vasitos servidos y una asistencia de más de 300 personas. Se pudo disfrutar de música en vivo ya que los Bookstore All-Stars (la banda oficial del Bookstore Bar) con su invitado especial Pancho Chiu estaban en la casa. Se hizo una colecta para la próxima Spay Panama Clinic y se logró recaudar $222 para la próxima clínica de esterilización y castración.

Felicidades Bocas del Toro, la comunidad mantiene el sueño del Concurso de Chili vivo por 12 años consecutivos. ¡Nos vemos el próximo año para el #13!

 

 

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