2020 Chili Contest and Winners

On Saturday January 25, 2020 in downtown Mount Holly, folks got out of the rain and streamed into The Union Firehouse at 18 Washington Street to see the Chili Displays and warm their tummies with the famous pepper infused soup/stew. 

Besides playing host to over a dozen professional and amateur ice carvers from up and down the east coast, the Fire & Ice Festival features the best professional chili cooks from the region vying for the Award for the finest chili in Burlington County.  

There were three prizes awarded:

The coveted Prize for Best Chili with the winner receiving $250, the Chili Trophy and bragging rights for 2020 as the winner of the contest.

The Prize for Most Creative Presentation with the winner receiving $100

And, the crowd favorite Peoples Choice Award with the winner receiving a $100 check.

Winners of the
2020 Chili Contest:

Prize for Best Chili

Charito’s Kitchen

Prize for Best Display:  

Charito’s Kitchen

When it looks as good as it tastes!

People’s Choices Award:

Burlington County Institute of Technology

Here is the list of 2020 competitors:

Derek Little
The Local
Robin Winzinger
The Robin’s Nest
James Brudnicki
RCBC Culinary
Thomas Hickey
Tomasello Winery
William Jennings
Deerwood Country Club
Jeffrey Huminski
Gaetano’s Steaks & Subs
Patrick O’Connor
O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille
Robert Wain
Burlington County Institute of Technology, Culinary Arts
Dovier Ortiz
Charito’s Kitchen
Chef Kimberly Alvarez
Zallie’s Fresh Kitchen

Winners of the 2019 Chili Contest!

B-Unos Breakfast, Burgers & Burritos

Best Display:  
Charito’s Kitchen

People’s Choices Award:
The Elks

Here is the list of 2019 competitors:

The Olde World Bakery & Cafe
RCBC Culinary
Mt. Holly Elks
B-UNOs Breakfast, Burgers, Burritos
Burlington County Institute of Technology
Second Baptist church
First Presbyterian Church 
The Local Eatery and Pub
Charito’s Kitchen
The Affordable Homes Group
Robin’s Nest Restaurant

Winners of the 2018 Chili Contest!


Second Baptist Church – First Place

Charito’s Kitchen – Second Place

Olde World Bakery – Third Place

Patti Wagon – Best Display

Rowan College at Burlington County Culinary Arts Center – People’s Choice

Burlington County Institute of Technology

Affordable Home Group

Robin’s Nest Restaurant