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Exceptional Panel of Judges to Decide Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off Winning Restaurant

The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off and the Cinco de Mayo Celebration are held together at Tlaquepaque, Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona, AZ: The Rotary Club of Sedona will hold its Sixth Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off on May 7, 2016, in conjunction with the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona.

Participation in the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off will feature the most diverse and talented group of competitors to date.  In addition to two cities and two fire districts, nine of the Sedona area’s finest restaurants will go head-to-head to make this the greatest chili competition in Sedona to date.  To help decide the outcome, three widely recognized, expert chili judges have agreed to serve in the challenging task of selecting the restaurant with the best chili.

The stellar panel of judges includes Robert McGrath, Chris Bavasi and Tony Inglese.  Robert McGrath is host of Arizona PBS' popular restaurant review series, "Check, Please! Arizona," and winner of the prestigious James Beard “Best Chef in America: Southwest.” Chris Bavasi is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and Executive Director of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation and winner of Arizona Board of Regents Outstanding Service to Higher Education Award.   Tony Inglese and his wife are members of the International Chili Society (ICS) and have qualified to cook in the World Championships.  Tony has been invited to judge at the ICS World Championships five different times.  

This year's competing restaurants include L’Auberge, 89 Agave, Vino de Sedona, Hideaway House, Timo, Paleo Brio, Verde Brewing, The Hudson, and Garlands.  All are fearless in their willingness to match their creations against those of their challengers — and all are striving for top recognition by our accomplished judges.

The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on May 7th only. Tickets may be purchased at the event: $15, with no charge for children under twelve.  Beer and wine are available in addition to lively Cinco de Mayo music and entertainment throughout Tlaquepaque.

Sedona Fire Chief battles area fire districts for bragging rights to Best Chili.

Each year, the proceeds collected from the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off are used to fund Rotary charitable programs and activities.  The primary local charity benefiting from the proceeds goes to the Imagination Library which provides free books monthly to children up to age 5 who reside in Sedona and the Verde Valley.  In addition, proceeds will continue to support scholarships and various international programs as well as Rotary International’s signature project, "END POLIO NOW," whose mission it is to eradicate polio worldwide.  To date, polio has been eliminated in all countries except Afghanistan and Pakistan.

For more information, visit the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off website: sedonarotary.org/Page/the-great-sedona-chili-cook-off.