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‘Jabbo Chili’ wins 6th-annual chili cook off

A crockpot of U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Alex R. Sea’s award-winning Jabbo Chili sits empty after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea, a vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the plaque of winners. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.)

A crockpot of U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Alex R. Sea’s award-winning Jabbo Chili sits empty after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea, a vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the plaque of winners. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, right, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, right, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, displays the plaque of winners after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Sea won in both the best consistency and most overall points categories for his Jabbo Chili recipe. He was awarded a five-year membership to the wing’s consolidated club and had his name added to the winners’ plaque. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. Sea enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize subject.

The aftermath of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ian Berhringer’s Repeat Chili is seen after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Behringer, a guidance and control shop chief with the Maintenance Squadron, won in the best taste category and the people’s choice award for his recipe. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

The aftermath of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ian Berhringer’s Repeat Chili is seen after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. Behringer, a guidance and control shop chief with the Maintenance Squadron, won in the best taste category and the people’s choice award for his recipe. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron socialize after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron socialize after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing socialize after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize the subjects.)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing socialize after the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize the subjects.)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize the subjects.)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released. Image was cropped to emphasize the subjects.)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)
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Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)
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Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing sample chili during the sixth-annual chili cook off at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014. The competition placed 13 contestants and their homemade chili recipes against each other to compete for best look and smell, best consistency, and best taste. The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing’s consolidated club. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist and winner of the 2014 competition, enjoys the yearly event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. “It’s a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don’t usually see on a day-to-day basis.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

PEORIA, Ill. -- Tech. Sgt. Alex R. Sea, vehicle equipment maintenance specialist with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, won the sixth-annual chili cook off for overall points at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014.

Sea defeated 12 other contestants for the second time with his Jabbo Chili recipe, and was awarded a five-year membership to the wing's consolidated club and had his name added to the plaque of winners. The chili entries were judged by a panel of fellow wing members on best look and smell, best consistency, best taste and an overall combined score.

Sea used the same recipe for all three years he's competed, which also won best consistency this year.

"It's pretty basic. Deer burger and a little bit of TLC is all it takes," he said. "There's a little bit of secret seasoning in there, but that's pretty much it."

The competition was tough, he said, and it felt great to win bragging rights for the year.

The rivalry gets pretty heated sometimes, he said. "There's a lot of smack-talking that goes on."

He had one piece of advice for future contenders and a big grin. "Keep entering, and I'll keep beating you."

Sea enjoys the event because he gets to have good chili with good people, he said. "It's a good way to get out and mingle and talk to the people you don't usually see on a day-to-day basis."

The event brought out approximately 120 unit members to sample the various white and traditional red entries, and raised $490 in support of operating the wing's consolidated club.

Master Sgt. Angela M. Rudd, squadron personnel specialist with the Force Support Squadron, started the competition in 2007 when the club was financially struggling. The contest has grown into an annual tradition at the wing.

"I thought this would be a fun way to try to raise money for it," she said. "All the feedback that I get is that everyone loves it, that they look forward to it. Some people want it a couple times a year."

The award of best presentation was Senior Airman Jake Watkins, aerospace maintenance journeyman with the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, for his Chili Chili Bang Bang recipe. The best taste and the people's choice awards went to Master Sgt. Ian Behringer, guidance and control shop chief with the Maintenance Squadron, for his Repeat Chili dish.

The runners up for the people's choice award were Chief Master Sgt. Roger D. Masters, supply superintendent of the Logistic Readiness Squadron, for his Meat Lovers Chili and Staff Sgt. Taylor K. Webb, fire protection specialist at the Civil Engineer Squadron, for his Firehouse Chili.