Farmington area chili cooks win Miss Farmington trophies

Five local amateur chefs brought the heat Sunday, competing in the 23rd annual Chili Cook-Off benefitting the Miss Farmington Cities program.

Miss Farmington Chili Cook-Off
Farmington resident John Bowman, pictured with Miss Farmington 2019 Emma Hahn, received the People’s Choice Award.

A fiery blend of spices earned Farmington resident John Bowman the People’s Choice award, which attendees determined. He said he bought all of his supplies at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in downtown Farmington.

Bowman riffed on his standard “starting point” chili recipe, adding ingredients and making adjustments.

“I used a mix of chicken and beef chorizo, brown sugar, poblano peppers, onion, and a whole lot of different spices,” he said. “I had to water it down a little… but you should have a little tingle when you taste chili.”

Miss Farmington Chili Cook-Off
Ana Lawrence, pictured with Miss Farmington 2019 Emma Hahn, won the Judges Award.

The Judges Award went to Farmington Hills resident Ana Lawrence, for her LocaLita’s White Chicken Chili. Lawrence said she started making her dish two years ago.

“I found a recipe online and improvised some of the spices,” she said, adding that she used ancho chiles.

Miss Farmington Chili Cook-Off
Judges Award winner Ana Lawrence is pictured left with Cathy Neal, who entered a recipe she made often while at University of Illinois.

The afternoon event, held at John Cowley & Sons in downtown Farmington, included raffles for themed gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses. Funds raised will go toward scholarships awarded to Farmington area teens during the Miss Farmington Cities pageant, held in July.

Miss Farmington Chili Cook-Off
Farmington Mayor Sara Bowman, pictured with Miss Farmington 2019 Emma Hahn, attended Sunday’s Chili Cook-Off.

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