Chili Cook-Off: Secret Ingredients Add Spice to the Pot

New Lenox residents served their best chili Feb. 9 at New Lenox Library District for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Gatto's.

From spicy to zesty, seven unique chili dishes were served up to about 85 taste-testers at the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday at New Lenox Library.

The contest, sponsored by Gatto's Restaurant & Pub, offered up a variety of hot and spicy combinations along with zesty vegetable and meat-chocked varieties of an all-time cold weather favorite food, chili.

The homemade recipes drew a crowd of willing judges, including last year's winner John Kluk. He didn't participate this year, but he enjoyed sampling the entries. He wouldn't wouldn't reveal his favorite though.

Gatto's provided the winners with gift cards. 


  1. Amy Sumis, of New Lenox
  2. Kristin Zydych and her 9-year-old daughter Jordan, of New Lenox
  3. Rose Ellen Hunter, of New Lenox. Her recipe was served up by her husband Ray. Rose was unable to attend.

The winning recipe will be shared on the New Lenox Library District website on Monday. Patch will add it to this story, once it's released.

View the photo gallery above.

Do you have a secret ingredient for chili? Tell us in the comments.

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Amy February 11, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Congrats Ray and Rose Ellen for winning 3rd place!


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