LOGAN, W.Va. — Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church brought some of their own heat to Logan on Sunday, January 31, after the snow that shut down most churches the previous week.
Eleven hopeful chefs cooked their most secret chili recipes in competion for the most prestigious award of Nighbert Chief Chili Chef for the 2016 year.
“The competition was keen and everyone guarded their recipes as if Wendy’s was looking for a new recipe,” Tom Beckette, pastor of the church, said.
The most well-known town tasters were brought in to judge the chili cook-off. Jeff Goshen, the celebrity chef from “317 Restaurant,” shared his expertise as he gently savored the aroma of each of the eleven prize chili dishes. In addition, the Beckett twosome of Scott and Becky represented the fire department just in case some of the five alarm chili spontaneously combusted into flame setting off a fire in the Nighbert kitchen. Finishing the judging team was Jay Lester, who with his own secret ambition of becoming a Nighbert Chili winner, lined up the eleven and identified the chili potions that lay await for the unsuspecting Nighbert congregation.
After anxious moments, the results were totaled and tabulated by Karen Bradshaw who announced the winners and those that were runner-up winners down to the eleventh spot.
Matt Thompson was the judge’s choice as the best all around chili with a close tie for second by Doug Blankenship and Tom Bradshaw. Third place trophy winner was Nancy Kirkendall.
“Everyone had fun and naturally a lot of chili,” Beckette said.