Freeze-dried lizard lips, hamster toes and Clydesdale kidneys are just a few of the unusual ingredients listed by participants who plan to take part in the eighth annual Utah Chili Cook-off July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Downtown Ogden Street Festival.
Festival coordinator Jay Jones said the unusual ingredients are really just "false names the cookers use to label their secret ingredients, hoping to throw off competitors. half the fun of the cook-off is seeing what crazy fake ingredient names the entrants think up."Jones said contestants must divulge actual ingredients in their recipes if they win the contest. The Utah winner will compete in the International Chili Cook-off, where the cash prize is $25,000.
The competition is open to the public. In years past, Jones said, about half of the entries have come from out of state. A team from California took first place last year.
Cook-off coordinator Korki Dodgson said all of the profits drawn from the chili sample sales and the entry fee will be donated to the "Make-A-Wish Foundation."
The cook-off will be held on 25th Street between Washington Boulevard and Kiesel Avenue. Interested individuals or teams can register for the event between 8 and 9 a.m. at the site. The entry fee is $35.
First prize is $600, second prize is $300 and third prize is $100. The best-decorated booth and showmanship will receive $50 each.