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Open Chili Category Offers More Cooking Opportunities At World’s Championship

For the first time in International Chili Society (ICS) history, you don’t have to be a chili pro to compete at the World Championship Chili Cook-Off (WCCC) in Myrtle Beach, SC — thanks to the new World Open Chili category.


So … what do you have to do to compete at WCCC in September? Easy! Just sign up!


Click here and complete the registration form.


Space is limited in the World Open, so don’t delay. Each competitor will receive a 10x10 tented cooking space, a table and two chairs. Similar to the Pro Chili division, all cooks will be required to bring their own ingredients and cooking apparatus (propane burner), and utensils. There is a $50 registration fee for entering into the World Open Chili division. A contest representative will reach out directly to each entrant for payment.


The World Open division will occur Saturday, September 18th. Competition hours, rules and regulations will be emailed to each registered Open competitor prior to the competition. The prize purse for the World Open Chili is $2,250. And, perhaps best of all, the Open division at WCCC is a qualifying event for the World Food Championships (WFC) in Dallas. Therefore, the Open will be judged using WFC's EAT™ Methodology which requires dishes to be more decorated than Pro division judging.


In addition to the best chili in the world, WCCC will offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities such as a beer garden, a stage showcasing musical acts, including Season 17 winner of The Voice Jake Hoot; a hot pepper eating contest; and many more activities –– making it the perfect place for foodie friends to reunite. We hope to see you there!!


To learn how to enter the competition or judge the entries, simply follow the International Chili Society on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ICSChili). To learn more about the event itself, follow the World Championship Chili Cook-off on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About the International Chili Society

Since 1967, the International Chili Society (ICS) has been bringing people together over one of America's greatest culinary creations. ICS sanctions more than 100 events a year nationwide with one mission – to continuously improve chili while raising money for charities and nonprofits. More than $100 million has been raised for charities by the chili arena since ICS was started. To celebrate each year’s pro-chili season, ICS holds a World Chili Championship Cookoff (WCCC) and crowns World Champions. To see previous winners, click here.


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