8th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off

The 8th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off took place on Tuesday night.

Many Texomans went to the event to enjoy all of the flavors.

"It's to get the community to come together to live united, United Way," CEO/President Gregory Shannon said.

As he said, it's all about celebrating what the community has done for United Way, including the programs this type of event funds.

"It's benefiting three areas," Shannon said, "Education, income, and health."

This year Shannon said there were more competitors than ever before.

"This year we really grew.  We grew to 28 chili's. 11 corn breads, and 10 cobblers," he said, "So, we grew from 10 judges to 20 judges this year."

As he explained, they wanted to make sure they had everything covered.

Of course, all of the chef's said they had the best chili.  However, Shannon said the food isn't the best part.

"My favorite part is just seeing the people," he said, "I love to see the people and see them happy and excited and it's just a great feeling."

Since it was so busy, Shannon said he would have to wait to try all of the chili's, but he can't wait.

"I like thick chili.  I don't like it too soupy," he said, "I like to kinda think and I do like mine spicy.  So, I like some kick to it."

The event wasn't fun without a little competition.  There were many categories chef's could win.  This included Best Tasting Chili, Cornbread, and Cobbler.  Plus, the Texas Heat Award.

"This year they get a chef's hat that says "Live United"," Shannon said.

Plus, they get bragging rights.

, Newschannel 6