The Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held a chili cook-off Thursday at their facility, with a representative from the Record-Herald, local radio personality Harry Wright and a local resident as the judges for the competition.
The competition began at 1 p.m. with eight entries having been made by the staff of Four Seasons. Each judge was served a small portion of chili one at a time. The judges were then tasked with granting a score of one for the worst to five for the best in five categories. They were judged on texture, flavor, how spicy the chili was, the aroma and color of the dish. The judges took their time, one by one, examining each chili with scrutiny to try and find the best one in the batch.
“The chili was delicious, each one was good in its own way,” Wright said. “We only had eight points separating the third place from the first place. The one that took the victory was number eight, it was just a really good chili with plenty of heat and flavor. Overall, it was a tough choice. We had so many great options to choose from and each had something different that made it so good.”
Winning with 70 out of a possible 75 points, Kedith Dittmar blended several wonderful tastes to create the meal that led her to victory. Coming in second was Shawnda Duncan who scored 66 out of 75 points, a dish the judges fully enjoyed. Carrie Lugenbeel took third place with her chili that wooed the judges into a score of 62 out of 75. The judges did agree that no dish was bad and they would be glad to come back for more competitions in the future. The three winners were each presented with a certificate and the rest of the chili was served to the staff.
For more information, call Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at (740) 895-6101, or visit their location on Courthouse Parkway in Washington Court House.
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