Published: November 19, 2013
National chilli competition heat comes to Burnham's Food Festival

The Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink festival will play host to the official South West England Chilli Cook-off on 24th May 2014.

Hugely popular in America, the Chilli Cook-Off phenomenon is now well and truly established in the UK and entrants will have four hours to cook a gallon of Chilli con Carne from scratch using nothing but uncooked ingredients.

Each team's Chilli will be judged by a panel of experts to determine the winner of the £250 cash prize. Festival attendees can also get involved by tasting each team’s Chilli and voting for their favourite!

Jon Doody, a self confessed chilli nutter set up the UK Chilli Cook Off Association in 2013, told "The winning team will qualify for the UK Final later in the year and the competition is open to anyone who thinks they can cook a knockout Chilli."

Burnham estate agent Saxons is getting behind the competition as sponsor and its director, Graham Thompson, said: "It makes sense to us to back such a popular local community event - the festival brings thousands of people into Burnham and we hope that they will all be chilli lovers in May!"

Festival co-organiser Beverley Milner Simonds added: "The winner of the UK final will win a trip to Las Vegas in Nevada, with flights and accommodation included, to represent the UK in the World Food Championships. The prize purse for the Chilli category is a whopping $25000." You can enter a team today by visiting


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