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Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

Ierna's Bring the Heat chili cook-off draws chili lovers from all over the Bay area for an afternoon of mouth-watering fun.

It was a beautiful day for a chili cook-off Saturday—and for those of us who are better at eating, a beautiful day for an eat-off.

Ierna's Bring the Heat chili cook-off drew a steady crowd of hungry tasters throughout the day.

Celebrity judges at the event included Paula O'Neil, Pasco County clerk and comptroller; NFL player Anthony Becht; Dave Andrechuck of the Tampa Bay Lightning; Jack Mariano, Pasco County commissioner; Dr. Dae Sheridan; Ron Oakley, candidate for Pasco County commissioner and Rich Elmhorst of Bay News 9.

"We wanted something unique," Loran Tripp, director of public relations and marketing for Ierna's, said in a previous Patch interview. "There's a lot of golf tournaments and clay shoots and events out there, but there aren't a lot of chili cook-offs in the area."

The grand prize of $500 went to the chili with the most votes from the crowd: "Team Wreck."

The Judges' Choice award went to Learning Gate Community School's "Team Gates."

The Hottest Chili award went to Working Women of Tampa Bay; Ladies' Choice went to "Inspector's Best," and the Academy Award—sponsored by Intensity Academy—went to The Milk and Honey Tea Room.

The money raised from the cookoff will go toward installing an HVAC system in the home of a family in need. The selection process is ongoing; the name of the family chosen will be announced on March 15, Tripp said.

Rene Van Hout February 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The event was great! ... All that was missing was a milk sponser! Good job Loran and Team Ierna's!
D & D Pressure Washing February 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM
So many varieties of chili. Well organized and we had a fun time. Can't wait till next year! Thanks Ierna's
Ierna's Heating & Cooling February 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Thank you for the great article, comments, and for creating a team!! We loved seeing Patch.com at the event!!
Sherri Lonon February 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM
It was a blast! Rene, I love that. I could have used some milk after tasting a few of entries (Patch's included)!

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