The 19th annual North Country Chili Cook-off held Saturday, February 3rd, was a success with 29 teams competing for top bragging rights and cash prizes. The annual event is hosted by the Jefferson County American Legion Auxiliary and Legion family to benefit the Volunteer Transportation Center.

Winners for this event included:

Professional Category Sponsor Chef
1st Place: Samaritan Heat Samaritan Medical Center Alex Peer
2nd Place: Savory Downtown Savory Downtown Steve Morely
3rd Place: Stay Puft and the Ecoplasms Samaritan Summit Village Shawn McManaman

Amateur Category Sponsor Chef
1st Place: Watertown International Airport Watertown International Airport Tony Bender
2nd Place: Advanced Business Systems Advanced Business Systems Kelly McKee
3rd Place: Knowlton Technologies LLC Knowlton Technologies LLC AJ Garza, R. Barton, B. Traynor

People’s Choice Sponsor Chef
1st Place: Samaritan Heat Samaritan Medical Center Alex Peer
2nd Place: Advanced Business Systems Advanced Business Systems Kelly McKee

Vegetarian Sponsor Chef
1st Place: NoCo Family North Country Family Health Center Mickey Lynch
2nd Place: Team United United HealthCare Community Plan Chris Bennett
3rd Place: The Chili Kick-Offs DPAO Terri Fulmer

Novelty Awards Sponsor Chef
Best Decorated Savory Downtown Savory Downtown Steve Morely
Best Dressed Samaritan Heat Samaritan Heat Alex Peer
Most Unusual Recipe NYAB NYAB Bill Gaudette
Most Congenial The “UrBean” Mission Urban Mission Robert Bowen

To see photos from this year’s event click here!