Your 32nd Cookoff Winners!

Red Chili Winners:

1st   John Montgomery, Golden, Colorado

2nd  Rocky Kimball, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

3rd  Cheryl Pierson, Batavia, Illinois

4th  Bill Pierson, Batavia, Illinois

5th  Mike Dallas, Cheyenne, Wyoming

6th  MaryAnn Parish,  Cheyenne, Wyoming

7th  Michele Dallas, Cheyenne, Wyoming

8th  Matt Willis, Ft Collins, Colorado

9th  Garry Kuka, Parker, Colorado

10th  Linda Wilkinson, Loveland, Colorado


1st  Mary Ann Souchek, Landmark Chili, Parker, Colorado

2nd  Trever Swarm, Chili Lab, Cheyenne, Wyoming

3rd  John Montgomery, 4th Down & Goal Chili, Golden, Colorado

People’s Choice Red:

Matt Willis, Ft Collins, Colorado

Green Chili:

1st  Dave Klinkhammer, Kimball, Nebraska

2nd  Mike Dallas, Cheyenne, Wyoming

3rd  Michele Dallas, Cheyenne, Wyoming

4th  Marshall Sanderson, Cheyenne, Wyoming

5th  Tom Parish, Cheyenne, Wyoming

6th  Mary Souchek,  Parker, Colorado

7th  Karen Hendricks, Broomfield, Colorado

People’s Choice Green:

Jeff Allen, Laramie, Wyoming

Junior Division:

1st  Spencer Rabou, Albin, Wyoming


1st  Dave Klinkhammer, Kimball, Nebraska

2nd  Nicole Duin, Debby Debruyne, Ft Lupton, Colorado

3rd Mark Brooks, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming

Salsa People’s Choice:

Jeremy Hugus, Platte River Law Firm, Casper, Wyoming

People’s Choice Art Showing:

1st Melinda Cummings, Cheyenne Wyoming



Spencer Rabou (2016 Jr Division Champ)

Spencer Rabou, age 11, won the junior division of the Chugwater Chili Cook-Off 2016. He will be a 6th grader this fall and lives with his parents Ron and Julie, and his brothers Carson and Mason in Albin, Wyoming. In addition to cooking, Spencer enjoys basketball, gardening, raising chickens, and farming with his dad. Last year was his first time to enter the Chugwater Chili Cook-Off, and he plans on entering again this year.

DSCN0479.JPGWhat inspired you to enter the Chugwater Chili Cook-Off?

I like to cook and wanted to compete.  I told my dad I wanted to be in a cooking competition and he suggested the Chugwater Chili Cook-Off.

What do you like about cooking?

I enjoy cooking because it’s fun.  I like to experiment with new things and I think that’s cool.

What do you think makes a great bowl of chili?

I think a great bowl of chili needs to be spicy and have a lot of sauce.  I like zucchini instead of beans in chili.

What do you think is important in making a bowl of chili?

I think it needs to taste good because nobody wants a bowl of junk.  I like to use fresh ingredients because chopping them up makes me feel like I actually made the chili instead of just opening up bags of frozen ingredients and putting them together.

What advice would you give others thinking about entering a chili cook-off?

I would say to have fun and wish them good luck because the Chugwater Chili Cookoff was really fun.  I made recipes ahead of time and tried them out on my family.  I used lean meat because the fatty meat got too much grease in the pan. Also, make sure you make enough for all the people who want to try your chili.  We ran out and we still had a line, so make a lot of it.

What did you enjoy about the Chugwater Chili Cook-Off?

The Chugwater Chili Cook-off had lots of things to do while people were waiting to taste chili.  I liked being outside and sharing my chili with others.