And the winner is….Oh Deer!

Hats off to all our participants in the 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off! It was a great morning with competition, music, heart-warming food and more. We took a few minutes to get to know our 2014 People’s Choice and Chef’s Choice winner, Joe Farrell, with his “Oh Deer” chili entry.

Q: What is your award-winning recipe?

A: I made a tomato-based chili with venison and pork. I begin with a base of tomato sauce and paste.  I buy a mix of dried peppers, toast them and grind them, and mix with Cumin, Coriander, ground oregano, black pepper and cayenne pepper and mix into chili powder. This is the background flavor.

Upfront we have the two meats, along with onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, red and orange sweet, long hot, Serrano, and jalapeño peppers (all fresh from the GreenMarket, of course!)These are sautéed and then added to the sauce. Kidney, pinto, and great northern beans are added for bulk. I thinned it out with water, stock and beer. And simmered it for twenty-four hours.

Q: What was your inspiration behind this dish?

A: Competition. There is always really tough competition each year. I knew I had to pull out all the stops to make the best. My Mom always said,  “You can taste the love in slow cooked foods,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Q: When you’re not in the kitchen making chili, where would we most likely find you?

A: Playing golf, fishing or poker, or taking our two beautiful dogs to the beach.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Delray?

A: The best thing about Delray is the way they cater to people to have a good time. The Ave. provides the venue and events like the GreenMarket and the giant tree with Santa, bring the people back to the restaurants and businesses downtown. You have so much fun you can’t wait for the next event and party to roll around. I’ve brought my nieces and nephews from Atlanta to the last couple of First Nights and everyone had a blast (even my cranky mother-in-law…shhh)!

 Q: Share with us a little known fact about yourself.

A: My wife Jackie and I have raised five puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. It has been an amazing journey for such a worthwhile organization. If you are interested, you should check out CCI.org!

And a  BIG shout out to all our other award-winning participants. Until next year’s heated competition.

Chef’s Choice Awards, Traditional Chili

1st Red, White & Blue – Lisa Mark

2nd Bubba’s Beef & Beans – John Hackman

3rd My New Boyfriend – Hot & Sweet – Mary Schroeder

Chef’s Choice Awards,New Age Chili

1st Oh Deer – Joe Farrell

2nd South of the Border Harvest – Nancy Simon & Sally Poe Hackman

3rd The Chunky Chicken Chili – Hank Langa

Chef’s Choice, Vegetarian Chili

1st Natasha & Nicole Minnerly

People’s Choice Awards, Traditional Chili

1st Bubba’s Beef & Beans – John Hackman

2nd Carolina Ale House Homemade Chili – Kayte Zopp

3rd Red, White & Blue – Lisa Mark

People’s Choice, New Age Chili

1st Oh Deer – Joe Farrell

2nd South of the Border Harvest – Nancy Simons & Sally Poe Hackman

3rd California Love  – Marc Raygoza

People’s Choice, Vegetarian Chili

1st Natasha & Nicole Minnerly

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