2017 Chili Cook-Off

Today was Horst Engineering’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off. It’s hard to believe that this tradition is still going strong after a decade. Our 71-year-old business has a chili contest that has been around longer than most businesses! We had six contestants vie for the top prize. It is a proud distinction to be featured on our Chili Making Champion Hall of Fame plaque that is proudly displayed in the cafeteria at our 36 Cedar St. plant site.

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Our six judges are also very talented. They had the tough task of choosing a champion. Appreciation goes out to our contestants, our judges, and our volunteer coordinators. In addition to the chili, several people brought in homemade salsa to go with a variety of chips.

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Congratulations to Dan Paul for winning this year’s contest on his first attempt. The Paul name is well known in Horst Engineering Chili Cook-Off circles. His brother, Rob, was our 2016 winner. These guys know how to cook!  Runner-up was Jean Boucher, one of our perennial favorites and a six-time champion. This year, we introduced “People’s Choice” award, with judging open to all employee. The people spoke, and the winner was another first-time contestant, Andy Kapuscinski.

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Dan scored a custom Horst Engineering mug from CyclePottery and a coveted Horst Engineering apron. Jean and Andy walked away with a set of Horst Engineering stainless steel pint glasses and a new Horst Engineering ball caps.

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It was a fun Monday and perfect for the first day of spring.

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