Hormel(R) Chili Gives Power to the People as Partner for People's Choice at World's Championship Chili Cookoff

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hormel® chili, a multi-year partner to the International Chili Society and the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, sponsored the 2012 People's Choice division of the championship held in Charleston, W.Va. The 2012 Hormel People's Choice Chili prize went to Steven Stark of Stark Raven Bad Chili who took home a prize of $1,000 for his Jack Daniel's® and Belgium chocolate infused chili.

The annual World's Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC) invites the top placing chili cooks from International Chili Society (ICS) cookoffs to contend for the coveted World Chili Champion title. Throughout the course of a weekend, cooks compete in at least one of the four categories: Traditional Red, Chili Verde, Salsa and – new for 2012 – Homestyle. In addition to the four major categories, the WCCC holds several auxiliary contests including awards recognizing the best decorated booths and the annual naming of Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce.

The chili-loving public was welcomed to Magic Island in Charleston to dazzle their taste buds with spoonfuls of world-class chili. Chili cooks vied for the public's votes and, tent after tent, attendees were wooed by enticing smells, unforgettable flavors and even a few chili fables. The public relished in their opportunity to be a part of the WCCC weekend and undoubtedly walked away with the remnant of championship-style chili lingering sweetly on their lips.

Receiving the highest cumulative votes, Steven Stark and his chili team, Stark Raven Bad, took home the winner's title from the 2012 People's Choice division at the championship.

"The flavor was more intense [than normal]," Stark said of his big win. He attributes the chili's intensity to the shorter window of cooking time, in comparison to how he prepares it in his restaurant. For the size of the public's sample, "you certainly want to be able to pack in as much flavor as possible in to one spoonful," Stark said.
Stark was thrilled to have Hormel Foods as this year's People's Choice partner.

"Of all the [chili products] on the market, Hormel Foods is most consistent," Stark said. "It's a great starter for any competitor!"

Stark's championship recipe contains, as he described, "all the major food groups." Those major food groups were represented by the recipe's four key ingredients: ground turkey, homemade chipotle peppers, Belgium chocolate and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey. Take those key ingredients and combine them with Hormel chili and you've got a perfect mix to bring home the People's Choice prize.

Hormel chili has been a partner with the ICS for multiple years and is always close at hand for world-class chili cooks and their People's Choice recipes. ICS and the World's Championship Chili Cookoff continue to provide an ideal platform to introduce new consumers to the variety of ways in which Hormel chili can be prepared, going way beyond the can. Hormel Foods wishes good luck to all competition chili cooks and teams in their quest to compete at the 2013 World's Championship Chili Cookoff, held in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 11-13!

About the International Chili Society

The International Chili Society (ICS) is a non-profit organization that sanctions chili cookoffs with judging and cooking rules and regulations. These events are world wide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff held each year in October. The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world. For more information, visit http://www.chilicookoff.com.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S &P) 500 Index, S &P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America's Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

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