Attendees and competitors alike left satisfied from Chili Bowl Numero Cinco. Fourteen teams entered the competition for a total of seventeen chili entries and seven brownie entries, and more than 250 students, alumni and community residents came out for the event Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Chili Bowl Numero Cinco grand champion trophy was awarded to Chi Beta Chi for having the highest combined score from the judges and ballots.
The Tennessee Children’s Home, former two-time winner of Chili Bowl, received the people’s choice award as a nonstudent entry and Chi Beta Chi, an FHU social club, received the student people’s choice award.
In the category of traditional chili, Sodexo walked away with the first place title. The Library Chili Beaners took second place and a group of roommates from Benson 316 received third place.
In the category of nontraditional chili, a team entry from the Jackson Generals baseball team received first place. The University Program Council received second place and Sigma Rho, one of FHU’s social clubs, took third place.
A group of student workers from the FHU library received first place in the Brownie Bakeoff with their Triple Decker Brownies. Sodexo, the university’s food service, received second and FHU’s University Program Council took third place.
The event was held in the Brewer Sports Center’s auxiliary gym from 5:30- 7 p.m. It was established in 2008 and is hosted annually by the FHU Office of Alumni Relations. Brad Montague of FHU’s Office of Marketing and University Relations emceed the event. The FHU drum line and male and female quartets provided entertainment throughout the night.
Teams entered their chili as either traditional or non-traditional, depending on which meat the chili contains. Chili entries were judged on aroma, color, consistency and taste. New to the competition this year was a brownie bakeoff. Brownie entries were judged on appearance, taste, consistency and creativity.
Photos from the evening will be available in the upcoming weeks at photos.fhu.edu/alumni/chilibowl.