International Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cook-Of

What It’s Like to Judge a Famous Chili Cookoff

October 31, 2019 | By Laurel Miller

T he judging of the International Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cook-Off in Terlingua is underway. There are 10 of us seated at a long table, and to the casual observer it would seem we’re performing an ancient religious rite. We plunge spoons into the numbered, 24-ounce Styrofoam cups of brick-red chili in front of each one of us, and raise them to our lips.

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