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