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Biology Cook-Offs

Upcoming event

General information

  • What: Chili cook-off
  • When: Sometime in the spring of each year
  • Where: Ross Hall

Cook-off theme

Chili!  Any kind.

How to submit your entry

Biology faculty members and graduate students are welcome to submit whatever type of chili they wish.  Please let Scott Franklin (scott.franklin@unco.edu) know if you will be making an entry.

On the day of the cook-off

You should place your dish on one of the serving tables at the position indicated by your Entry Number.  If your dish is in a slow-cooker or similar device, you are welcome to plug it into an outlet in the biology workroom in the morning so it stays warm until lunch time. 

Past events and winners

2023 Fall International Cookoff

First place: Tie between Greg's Dhal and Raymond's Gobe.
Third place: Emily's Chicken Mole.

2023 Spring Chilli Cookoff

First place:

2022 Spring Chili Cookoff

First place: Victoria Duncan and Justin Yow received the most votes for their White Chicken Chili!

2020 Spring Chili Cook-off

Meat chilis
First place: Christine Williams (chili #20)
Second place tie: Teresa Higgins (chili #9) and Russel Windholz (chili #13)
Third place tie: Brian Krum (chili #16) and Tyler Bennet (chili #11)

Vegan/Vegetarian chilis
First Place: Emily Holt (chili #18)
Second place: Mykee Cain (Chili #19)
Third place: Mit McGlaughlin (Chili #7)

First place: Justin Yow (cornbread #10)
Second place: Alex Vita (cornbread #1)
Third place: Israel Wipf (cornbread #9)

First place: Sami Naibauer (Dessert #6)
Second place: Ginger Fisher (Dessert #1)
Third place: Jennifer Parish (Dessert #9)

2019 Fall International Cook-off

First place: Cindy Budde - Swedish meetballs
Second place: Stephanie Pitt - Vegetable tikka masala
Third place: Emily Holt - Baklava

2019 Spring Cook-off

Veggie/Vegan chilis
First place:  Douglas Petty
Second place:  Lauryn Benedict
Third place:  Mykee Cain

Meat chilis
First Place:  Russel Windholz
Second place:  Andrea James
Third place: Ann Schwabe

First place: Alex Vita
Second place: Judy Leatherman
Third place: Anna Freundlich

First place: Ginger Fisher
Second place: Aspen King
Third place: Yuyan Han

2018 Cook-off

Veggie chilis
First place:  Greg Dekrey
Second place:  Rob Reinsvold
Third place (tie):  Mit McGlaughlin and Douglas Petty

Meat chilis
First Place:  Nate Adamietz
Second place:  Kelsey Johnson
Third place: Sami Naibauer

First place: Karina Sanchez
Second place: (tie) Cindy Budde and Anna Fruendlich
Third place: Zach Tiemann

First place: Camille Neal
Second place (tie): Melanie Peffer
Third place (tie): Cindy Budde and Emily Schumacher

2017 Cookoff

First place:  Lauryn Benedict
Second place:  Frank Skufca
Third place (3-way tie):  Scott Franklin, Roxaneh Korasand, and Douglas Petty

First place (tie):  Cindy Budde and Michele Plewes
Second place:  Melanie Peffer

2016 Chili cookoff

First place:  Heather Dirkmaat
Second place:  Tyler Sherman
Third place (tie):  Anna Schwabe and Andrew Schoenherr

2015 Chili cookoff

First place:  Ann Hawkinson
Second place: Frank Skufca
Third place:  Teresa Higgins
Honorable mention:   Austen Anderson and Tom McCabe

2014 Chili cookoff

First Place:  Africa Maria Kosky
Second place:  Frank Skufca
Third place:  Tom McCabe
Honorable mention:   Mit McGlaughlin and Widian Jubair