Chili Cookoff 2020



Welcome to your online HUB for everything related to our 2nd Annual Young Professionals Chili Cookoff! We are excited to host everyone on Friday, February 28, 2020 for this fun event at ABC Mississippi in Pearl. On this page you'll find our registration options, our agenda, rules and links to register your team or to be a judge. The deadline for your company name to be printed on sponsor signage and confirmed availability of t-shirts and aprons is February 14, 2020. 

2nd Annual Young Professionals Chili Cookoff
Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 am Start
ABC Mississippi Headquarters
MCEF Training Facility (Inside)
5165 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, Mississippi 39208


  • RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS   This $500 sponsorship includes 1 team, 4 t-shirts, 4 aprons and event signage. 
  • BOWLS OF STEEL   This $350 sponsorship includes 1 team, 4 t-shirts and event signage. 
  • CHILI DOGS   This $250 sponsorship includes 4 t-shirts and event signage. No team included.
  • CHILI BABIES   This $100 sponsorship includes 1 team and event signage.



The following highlights the agenda for our 2nd Annual YP Chili Cookoff. The event will be held inside the MCEF Training Facility at the ABC Mississippi Headquarters at 5165 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, Mississippi. 


8:00 am  Registration & Setup
8:30 am
Cooking Begins
1:00 pm Judging & Crowd Sampling
2:00 pm Winners Announced

Contest Rules

  • Chili must be prepared from scratch and cooked onsite.
  • A minimum 4 quarts of chili is required for participation.
  • Cookoff registration and setup begin at 8:00 am.
  • Each team is responsible for all cooking utensils, tables, chairs, cooking ingredients, set up and clean up.
  • No chili can be pre-cooked or prepared prior to competition.
  • All food preparation including meat, vegetable cutting, etc. must be done onsite in a sanitary manner.
  • Each team will be assigned a contestant number and distributed at registration.
  • Judging and sampling containers will be provided by ABC Mississippi. 
  • All chili will be turned into judges in pre-assigned numbered containers.
  • Teams are encouraged to decorate their area and themselves!
  • Chili will be judged based upon taste, appearance, aroma and after-taste.
  • Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. with winners following. The decision of the judges is final.
  • No refunds will be issued for any entry fees.

Judge Sign Up

We need judges! Please signup online to be a judge at our contest using the register now button below. Questions? Contact Weezie Horn at