Breaking News! This just in! We will have an ICS Certified Chili Judges Class on Friday, September 13th, at the Huntington’s Kitchen location on 3rd Ave. across from Pullman Square. If you have been looking for the opportunity to become a CCJ and add those credentials to your Phd. then here’s your chance.

This class will be taught by Diane Lentz. 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 this class, please contact Diane at or call 859-223-2867.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 5:30 pm in conjunction with the West Virginia Chili Fest. It will take place at the Huntington’s Kitchen location on 3rd Avenue, across from Pullman Square.

ICS is offering a Judges Only membership. For those interested in only judging ICS cookoffs, ie, local residents, cookoff sponsors, local government officials, etc., the CCJ class fee will be $65 which includes the one-time $45 class fee and $20 for the Judges Only membership. If you hold a regular ICS membership or ICS Homestyle membership, the class fee is $45. Included in the class fee is the Certified Chili Judges Handbook, given to you in the classroom. Your personalized name badge and Certificate of Completion declaring that you are an ICS Certified Chili Judge will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after the class. Detailed information is available at

The class is NOT mandatory and certification is NOT required to judge at an ICS cookoff.

A little info on Diane Lentz:

  • has cooked chili for 20+ years
  • cooked in 18 WCCC (first one in 1992) placing 3rd, 4th and 5th through the years
  • in 2010, reigned as World Champion in Salsa
  • judged at numerous cookoffs, including the WCCC
  • done scorekeeping
  • Grand Master in Red and Verde

We need at least 10 participants to make this happen so let us know if you are interested asap!

Ron Smith



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