Published: Jul 14, 2013 10:34 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 14, 2013 2:28 PM EDT


Organizers tell Wink News because of  weather issues the Chili Cook-off has been moved to Bowditch Beach.

Chefs (or presumed chefs) are invited to participate in the fourth annual Great American Chili Cook- Off on Sunday, July 14, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Myers Beach.  The contest is being sponsored by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Crowds will gather for a chili cook-off today at the Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach, all to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The contest will be limited to a maximum of 30 teams or individuals.  Each chili entrant will be charged $40.00.  Teams or individuals will be permitted to set up starting at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a "cooks' meeting" at 1:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The public is encouraged to bring a $5.00 cash donation as well as canned and dry food donations for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  Both a "people's choice" and "most unique" award will be voted on by the public.

All chili must be prepared on site from scratch with natural ingredients in the open.

Judging starts at 4:00 p.m. and will consist of the following qualities: aroma, consistency, color, taste, and aftertaste.  Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st place-medal and $250 cash, 2nd place-medal and $100 cash, and 3rd place-medal and $50 cash.  Both the "people's choice" and "best table decorations" will receive medals.