Meet Our Winners!

Judge's Choice - A panel of 20+ judges 'blind judge' each chili to determine the best in each category.  That means the judges don't know who submitted or cooked the chili.

Peoples Choice - Event attendees select their favorites in each category and then cast their votes in voting tubes, labeled with chili cook booth numbers and chili type.  Ballot votes are then counted in each tube to determine each category winner. 

2021         

Firefighter Challenge: 

1st Place - Clint Sayler – Platte Canyon Fire Department - 5 time winner! (2 min 0 seconds)

2nd Place – Chris Volek – Evergreen Fire/Rescue (2 min 8 seconds)

 

JUDGE'S CHOICE

Red

1st        Pam Podiak – “Pam’s Wild Wild West”

2nd       James Anderson (Evergreen Fire/Rescue) – “Rockin Red”

3rd       Charles Elliott (Elk Creek Fire Department) – “Charlie’s Cowboy Red”
 

Green

1st        Brian Himmelman (Himmelman State Farm) - “Change Your Khakis Green”

2nd       John Sherry (LeaderOne Financial Mortgage) – “Back Draft Green”

3rd       Steve Farland (The Chairman) – “Chairman of the Board”

 

Vegetarian

1st        Larry Edwards – “Larry’s Veggie Bonanza”

2nd       Tiffany Lockwood (Coldwell Banker) – “Veggiepalooza”

3rd       Charles Elliott (Elk Creek Fire Department) – “Conifer Mountain Veggie”

 

Restaurant

Red – Taylor Jansen (Lariat Lodge Brewing Co) - “Lodge Podge Red”

Green – Evan Lambardi (Clear Creek Cidery & Eatery) - “OH-MY-GAWD Green”

Veggie – Shirley Giovarelli (Brookdale Arvada) – “Mama Gio’s Verde Vegetali”

 

Best Fire Department Chili – John Porter – Evergreen Fire/Rescue – “Evergreen Fire Red 2”

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Red - Dustin Kruse (Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center) – “Mmmmmmeaty Red Chili”

Green – Barry Himmelman (Himmelman Construction) – “Himmelman's Morning After Blues Green Pork Chili”
Veggie
– Larry Edwards - "Larry's Veggie Bonanza"

Showmanship - Coldwell Banker

2020         

Big Chili cancelled due to COVID-19.

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2019         

Firefighter Challenge:
Women’s Division - Riley Wilson - Elk Creek Fire Department (3 min 21 seconds)

Men’s Division - Clint Sayler – Platte Canyon Fire Department -4 time winner! (1 min 43 seconds)

 

JUDGE'S CHOICE

Red

1st        Daniel Hagan (Platte Canyon Fire Department) -  “Rosso ChiliQ”

2nd       Laura Brockman - "Panama Red Chili"

3rd       Pam Podiak - "Pam's Wild Wild West"

 

Green

1st        Brian Himmelman (Himmelman State Farm) - “No Fire Mitigation Green”

2nd       David Taylor (Evergreen Auto Brokers) - "The Buck Stops Here"

3rd       Jason Hartshorn – “Fight Fire with Fire”
 

Vegetarian

1st        David Taylor (Evergreen Auto Brokers) – “Winter is Coming Veggie Chili”

2nd       Charles Elliott (Elk Creek Fire Department) – “Conifer Mountain Veggie”

3rd       Dale Tolan - "Vital Veggie"

 

Restaurant

Veggie - Shirley Giovarelli – "Mama Gio's Verde Vegetali"

Red - John Porter (Evergreen Bread Lounge) - "Bread Lounge Red"

Green - The Wild Game – “Wild Game Green”

 

Best Fire Department Chili- Mike Bartlett – North Fork Fire Department – “Prescribed Burn”

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Veggie – Charles Elliott (Elk Creek Fire Department) – “Conifer Mountain Veggie”

Red - Daniel Hagan (Platte Canyon Fire Department) – “Rosso ChiliQ”

Green – Barry Himmelman – “Himmelman's Morning After Blues Green Pork Chili”

Showmanship - Coldwell Banker

2018         

Firefighter Challenge:
Women’s Division - Sascha Ozzello - Elk Creek Fire Department

Men’s Division - Clint Sayler – Platte Canyon Fire Department

 

JUDGE'S CHOICE

Red

1st        Dr. Dustin Kruse (Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center) – “2 Feet 5 Meat Chili”

2nd       John Anderson (Evergreen Fire/Rescue) – “Ancho Gonna Get More?”

3rd       James Ewing – (InterCanyon Fire Department) – “Fire Sauce”

 

Green

1st        Barry Himmelman (Himmelman Construction) - “Himmelman’s Morning After Blues Pork Green Chili”

2nd       Mike Bartlett  (North Fork Fire Department) – “Prescribed Burn”

3rd       Jason Hartshorn – “Fight Fire with Fire”

Vegetarian

1st        David Taylor (Evergreen Auto Brokers) – “Winter is Coming Veggie Chili”

2nd       Tim Kram (Indian Hills Fire Department) – “Insane Vegi Attack Chili”

3rd       Shirley Giovarelli – “Mama Gio’s Verde Vegetali”

 

Restaurant

Veggie - Bob Wentworth (Cast Iron Tavern) – “Cast Iron Veggie”

Red - Bob Wentworth (Cast Iron Tavern) – “Cast Iron Red”

Green - Gary & Megan Mitchell (Cactus Jacks) – “Cactus Jacks Green”

 

Best Fire Department Chili- Josh Olivas – Elk Creek Fire Department – “OMG Green”

Best “Down The Hill” Fire Department Chili- John Aylward – Littleton Fire Rescue – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Veggie – Charles Elliott (Elk Creek Fire Department) – “Conifer Mountain Veggie”

Red - Mark Villa - (Genesee Fire Department) – “Genesee Fire’s Big Red”

Green – Jason Hartshorn – “Fight Fire With Fire”

Showmanship - David Taylor (Evergreen Auto Brokers)

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2017         

Firefighter Challenge:
Women’s Division - Emily Cypher - Elk Creek Fire Department

Men’s Division - Tyler Cypher - Elk Creek Fire Department

 

JUDGE'S CHOICE

Red

1st        Grant Dupart- "Grant’s Boom Boom Boom"

2nd      Pam Podiak- "Pam’s Wild Wild West"

3rd       Michael Torres- "Sailor’s Dad’s Chili"

 

Green

1st        Barry Himmelman (Himmelman Construction) - "Himmelman's Morning After Blues Pork Green Chili"

2nd       Jason Hartshorn- "Fight Fire With Fire"

3rd       John Raber (Inter Canyon Fire Department)- "Smokey Green"

Vegetarian

1st        Charles Elliot (Elk Creek Fire Department) - "Conifer Mountain Veggie"

2nd       Craig Jones (Indian Hills Fire Department) - "Indian Hills Veggie Chili"

3rd       Tiffany Lock (Coldwell Banker) - "Vegetarian With A Vengeance"

Restaurant

Veggie- Shirley Giovarelli (Elk Run Assisted Living) - "Mama Gio’s Verdi Vegatali"

Red- Shirley Giovarelli (Elk Run Assisted Living) - "Brutus Red"

Green- Gary and Megan Mitchell (Cactus Jacks) - "Cactus Jacks Green"

Best Firefighter Chili- Charles Elliot- Elk Creek Fire Department - "Charlie’s Texas Red"

Down The Hill Firefighter- Mark Villa- Genesee Fire Department - "Genesee Fire’s Big Red"

 

PEOPLES CHOICE

Veggie- Shirley Giovarelli (Elk Run Assisted Living) - "Mama Gio’s Verdi Vegatali"

Red- Mark Villa (Genesee Fire Department) - "Genesee Fire’s Big Red"

Green- Barry Himmelman (Himmelman Construction)- "Himmelman’s Morning After Blues Pork Green Chili"

 

Showmanship- David Taylor (Evergreen Auto Brokers)

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