Judges sample the goods Sept. 23 at the annual Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

School supporters win top prizes in annual Federal Way Chili Cook-off | PHOTOS

The 10th annual Federal Way Farmers Market Chili Cook-off took place beneath sunny skies Sept. 23 at the Commons Mall with special guest judge Jordan Babineaux, former safety for the Seattle Seahawks. Seven local restaurants teamed up with local non-profit organizations, and $10 from every ticket went toward these groups (total amount not available at press time).

Judges’ Choice winners were Citizens for Federal Way Schools and The Ram (1st place), Lions Club and Billy McHale’s (2nd place) and Communities In Schools and Cafe Pacific Catering (3rd Place). Citizens for Federal Way Schools and The Ram also received the People’s Choice Award for their chili.

In addition, local resident Shelley Pauls received the Dick Mayer Community Service Award.

Other participating teams in this Seahawks-themed event included Gallucci’s Catering and Federal Way Rotary Club; Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse and FUSION; Jersey’s Sports Bar and the Federal Way Day Center; and Black Bear Diner and Valley Cities Counseling.

Seven teams doled out samples of chili along with corn bread and salad Sept. 23 at the annual Federal Way Farmers Market Chili Cook-off. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Gallucci’s Catering and the Federal Way Rotary were among the teams at the Sept. 23 Chili Cook-off. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

The Federal Way Lions Club and Billy McHale’s restaurant were among the teams at the Sept. 23 Chili Cook-off. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Shelley Pauls (center) received the Dick Mayer Community Service Award at the Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Former Seattle Seahawks player Jordan Babineaux was a guest judge at the Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. He is pictured with the mascot from Black Bear Diner. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Communities In Schools and Cafe Pacific Catering won third place at the Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Federal Way Lions Club and Billy McHale’s won second place at the Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Citizens for Federal Way Schools and The Ram won first place at the Federal Way Farmers Market’s Chili Cook-off. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

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