The 2018 annual Louisville Chili Cook-Off presented by Clifton City Council! Sunday, October 14th 2018.


This year, we are pleased to offer the following judging categories for our event cooks. Please carefully read the following Cook Categories before registering.

Louisville's Great Chili Cook Off judging will be a blind number system that works as follows: At check in, the head cook will receive a 1 quart container and people’s choice booth number. Also, on the top of each container will be your official judge chili number. This is the number that will be read and recorded by the judges as they rate your chili. Judging is done by these numbers ONLY! At no time during the judging will anyone know the identity of the numbered samples.

Judging for restaurant entrants & individual entrants will be separate.

Each entry from the two divisions will be judged on its own merit. Entries are not compared with one another. Each entry will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. Score sheets will instruct judges to rate each entry based on a 1 to 10 point rating system. (With 10 being the highest on several different cooking criteria’s.)
Judges will select the top three scoring entries from individuals division and winner takes all for restaurant division!

The winners will be announced at the DJ station around 6:30pm.

1st Place Home Chef Winner: Trip for two inlcuding airfare from Sunny Side Destinations and Vacations!


People’s Choice Award: People’s Choice ballots will be available at the information tent only until around 6:00pm for the public to vote for their favorite chili. So make sure and invite your friends and family. 5$ for each vote ticket ( this is for charity).

Contestant notes:

Best Booth Design Contest: Teams are encouraged to creatively decorate their cooking spaces or booths. Throughout the day, judges will evaluate each team’s space based in theme, costumes, setup, enthusiasm, and audience participation.

Winner will receive $100 CASH.

Thought starters for Space/Booth design: *Patriotic Theme

*Tropical Theme

*Halloween Theme

*South-western Theme

*Corporate Theme (promote your business) *Football Theme *U of L or U of K Theme

*Superhero Theme

*Rock Star Theme

*For the Love of Chili Theme