I read this today and it gave me an idea for next year’s chili cook-off. Thought I would share it with you:
“November 1, 2003, the headlines read, “Scandal has rocked the chili cookoff world!” That’s the day when Don Eastep of Illinois entered the 37th annual “Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cookoff” under the most spurious of circumstances, and got a whole lotta Texans pretty hot under the collar.
It turns out that it was actually his brother who qualified for the event, but was unable to attend. So Eastep attended in his place. Only he didn’t actually know how to cook chili. No problem, though–he simply went from booth to booth collecting samples from the other cooks, then put them all in his pot and submitted it for the taste test … and won!
It was only a short while before he was found out and stripped of the title.”We caught the scoundrel, the Benedict Arnold that he is,” said Tom Nall, of Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili, who was one of the judges at the finals table. “We’ve got to set up guards on the border to make sure he never comes back.”
“The whole thing started out as a prank, just as a joke,” a contrite Don Eastep said. “It wasn’t meant to defraud. There’s no way anybody is going to profit from it. The bottom line is I should not have done it. And when they called the winning number, I wish at this instant that I would not have responded.”
“How could you possibly win with a conglomeration of chilis?” he asked. “That was the last thought in my mind that it would win. And when it did, there was nobody who was more shocked. I should have just sat there like a bump on a log.””
Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2003 – Austin Statesman Newspaper
I will win again. Mark my words. I will win again:)