The ICS is introducing our new Certified Chili Judges program which has been designed to bring consistency to the knowledge of our judges, particularly newer ones.
Our first class in the DC area will be at the Hard Times Cafe in Arlington, 5:30PM on Tuesday, May 8. The class is scheduled for 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The class will be taught locally by Fred Bell, Chief Judge for the DC Chili Cookoff. The class is designed to clarify the definition of what the ICS considers “true chili” and to demonstrate what the ICS believes chili is NOT. You’ll be given a chance to judge 8-10 bowls of chili, compare your ballot with others and discuss your comments. If you’re interested in taking the class, please contact Fred at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each class is limited to 50 students. If there is space available, walk-ins will be taken at the time of the class. The class is NOT mandatory and certification is NOT required to judge at ICS Cookoffs during the year.
You must be an Active ICS member to take the class. Membership to the ICS is $50/year. If you’re not an active member, you can join on site (chilicookoff.com) prior to the class. The class fee is $45. Included in the class fee is the Certified Chili Judges Handbook, given to you in the classroom and your personalized name badge and a Certificate of Completion declaring that you are an ICS Certified Chili Judge that will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after the class.
A little info on Fred Bell:
First ICS Chili Cookoff was in 1997. He served on the organizing committee for the D.C. Chili Cookoff and then served as the Assistant to the Chief Judge.
Served as Chief Judge the very next year and every year after that through 2011.In addition, he served as Chief Judge for the following ICS sanctioned chili cookoffs:
Chesapeake District Chili Cookoff in Rockville, Maryland in 2004 - 2005
Laurel Park District Cookoff in Laurel, Maryland in 2009 - 2010
Pimlico District Cookoff in Baltimore, Maryland in 2011
Maryland State Cookoff in Germantown, Maryland in 2004 - 2010
Old Town District Chili Cookoff in Alexandria, Virginia in 1999 - 2004
Warrentown District Chili Cookoff in Warrentown, Virginia in 2007 - 2008
Has been invited and served as Judge and Wrangler at the ICS World Championship Chili Cookoff from 2002 - 2011.