Gorton Center - Lake Forest, IL - Chili Cook Off 2022

Chili Cook Off 2022

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Chili Cook Off 2022

Sun, November 13, 2022
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm

$5 – $53


Sun, November 13, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


$5 to attend event; Registration is free to compete, but non-professionals must apply for permit ($50 fee with Lake County Health)


Temporary Event Permit


Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045


This event has been cancelled due to low interest and participation.  If  you have any questions or feedback, please email ann@nullgortoncenter.org



Join us at our annual Chili Cook-Off! Don your apron to compete or just come to enjoy the delicious offerings from local restaurants and organizations and camaraderie of the community.

Professional judges (by invitation only) vote for their favorite chili recipe and we will have first and second place winners! Winners will be announced at 3:00.

For the purpose of this contest, chili is defined as any kind of meat, meat substitute, cooked with chili peppers, or other peppers, spices, vegetables, and other ingredients.  May or may not include beans

  • Each contestant/team must supply two slow cookers with cooked ready-to-eat chili.  Set up time will be 12:15 pm/event opens to the public at 1:00.
  • Please bring a copy of your recipe (unless it’s a family secret!) and a chili star rating of spice level
  • The contestant/team will be assigned a setup area and must keep it safe and clean. Teams will get one six-foot table and up to three chairs at each table.
  • Each team has the opportunity to be featured on our website (please provide a photo and “chili bio”)


Lake County residents who would like to compete MUST fill out a TEMPORARY FOOD EVENT PERMIT in order to serve chili. All forms must be turned in to the Lake County health department no later than 7 days before the event. This is due to health codes. The fee is $50 payable to permitting online. All chili must be cooked in a commercial kitchen. Gorton will supply access to our commercial kitchen on a first come first serve basis. Because of the $50 permit fee application, registration for residents is free.

If you would like to attend this event as a “taster” the cost is $5 per person-where you can sample of all the contestants’ chili and to vote for your favorite! (We’ll have a People’s Choice Award)

This is a fun family event!  Enter our raffle for a chance to win prizes.  Winners will be announced every half hour.

Cash bar will be available with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

To submit your “chili bio” and photo or for any questions, please email ann@nullgortoncenter.org.

PARTICIPANTS / TEAMS to be announced a week prior to the event

Gorton Center will take and may use photos and videos from this event for its promotional purposes. Your attendance indicates your consent to the above.

There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.


Sun, November 13, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5 – $53
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Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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(847) 234-6060