Let the Party Begin
Let the Party Begin
Protech Chili Cookoff 2015
February 28, 2015
By John Budinich
Photographs by John Budinich

The annual Protech Chili Cook Off was held on Saturday, February 7th at Protech Motorsports in Greenville. Bill and Frank Gerwig of Protech hosted the eagerly anticipated event and again there was a great turnout. This year there were over 90 people in attendance and everyone had a great time. Not only did Bill and Frank make their shop available to us, they provided the soft drinks, water, utensils and paper plates.

Chili Tasting Begins
Chili Tasting Begins

Now lets get to the particulars. There were 14 pots of chili entered in the judging, ranging from mild to wild. This year there were many varieties of chili, including beef and chicken. In addition to the chili, we had a judging category for desserts with 14 entries. Some attendees also brought various appetizers (the crab dip was once again my favorite) to share among the guests. Thanks go to all the entrants and those who brought appetizers for bringing a great variety of tasty food. I can assure you no one went home hungry.

After all the votes were tabulated, it was time to recognize the winners. As always, the voting was close as it was up to individual taste. In the chili category, the first three places were separated by the narrowest of margins. The dessert category was not as close, as there appeared to be a runaway favorite in this category. Everyone agreed the food is getting better and better every year.

Tray of 911 Chocolates
Tray of 911 Chocolates

We first thanked Bill & Frank Gerwig for their ongoing support of the Carolinas Region PCA and its members and for hosting this event each year. We know they put a great deal of effort into clearing out the shop in order to host such a large event. The four-post alignment rack again made a great table for all of the chili pots.

Winners and Our Hosts
Winners and Our Hosts
Winning Desert
Winning Desert

And now it’s time to announce the winners. The winner in the dessert category, for the second year in a row, was Alex Galloway for his decadent Chocolate Marquis Terrine with Creme Anglaise and Roasted Pistachios. How's that for a mouth full. As for the main event, the group photo accompanying this report shows the chili winners. In 3rd Place was Paul Lueskow, 2nd Place went to Gail & Alex Galloway, and the 1st Place winner and Chili Cook Off Champion for 2015 was Kelly & Luke Kondrat. Congratulations to Kelly & Luke on their win, and we all know Kelly did all the cooking, and to all of our winners. Finally, thank you to all of those who participated by bringing chili, appetizers and deserts to be judged, or just by coming to eat, talk and have a good time.

Additional photos from the event can be found on the Carolinas-PCA.com and the protechmotorsports.com websites. enjoy!

Until next year…