BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne’s “hottest” chefs are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off on Friday, February 28.

Following on from the inaugural event’s success in 2018, the City of Bayonne, the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone, and the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce are once again hosting the fundraising event which they are positive will be “a fun time with great exposure.”

Tickets for the event that will be held a St. Andrew's are just $30 and include chili, a variety of other Mexican cuisine, beer, wine, and soda.

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The cook-off will also feature live entertainment, line dancing, and salsa dancing.

“Central to our mission is to bring attention to our local businesses,” said Gail Godesky, the event’s co-chair. “Guests are guaranteed to have a great time, competitors will be introduced to future customers, and all will be helping an important cause.”

Chamber president Tom Coughlin agreed with Godesky's sentiment adding that the chili cook off is a "true community event that draws a large crowd every year."

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bayonne Fire Canteen which serves emergency responders working at the scene of disasters across the city.

In order to suit the tastes of guests contestants will mark their chili as mild, medium, hot, and atomic and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in two categories, one chosen by guests and one selected by guest culinary experts including Ray Cooney from television's Firehouse Kitchen and former New York Giant Leonard Marshal. 

Restaurants and local organizations with access to a kitchen certified by the Bayonne Health Department and prepared to serve samples of their chili to an estimated 250 guests can enter their recipes for free. All health regulations will be required to be met on the day of the event including maintain their entry’s temperature at 135 degrees throughout the serving time.

Seating is limited! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more info call the Bayonne UEZ at 201-858-6357