Heat is on for Chilli Cook-OffBy Linda Fort
March 26, 2012
Plans are hotting up for the next Chilli Cook-Off in Reading and the organiser expects it to be bigger, better and spicier this year.
Jon Doody ran Reading’s first chilli cook-off last August and it was a red hot success. Now Mr Doody is making plans to take the chilli contest to the Tilehurst Residents’ and Community Association Diamond Jubilee Festival on Saturday, June 2.
The 43-year-old chilli enthusiast from Albany Road, West Reading, will be bringing the contest to Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, from 10am with the judging taking place at 2pm.
Competitors must bring all they need to cook their chilli recipe, including appropriate outdoor cooking gear, and they have four hours to make a memorable dish.
Last year Mr Doody’s niece Charlotte, 16, from Milton Keynes won.
Once again judges will include Hilary Scott, deputy editor of the Reading Post and getreading, Ethiopian chef Tutu Melaku, and James Timmons, who works with Mr Doody at Capita.
The top prize will be £250.
Mr Doody said: “Last year we held the first chilli cook-off at the College Arms, in Wokingham Road, and it was a great venue, but this year we want to expand and see more people taking part. We need a bigger space so the park is ideal.”
As part of the expansion, there will be chilli plants, chilli seeds and chilli sauces on sale on the day.
Mr Doody, an analyst programmer, has been cooking chilli since he was 15. He became aware of the chilli cook-off phenomenon in America – they even have one in The Simpsons – and he thought Reading ought to have its own.
The afternoon will also include chilli-related dance displays of zumba and salsa.
And for those with an iron constitution and asbestos taste buds, there will be a chilli pepper eating competition.