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Philly Chili Bowl 2015 Judges!

We are so thrilled to have this group of expert judges for the 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl!  Get to know the judges who will crown the 2015 Philly Bowl winner!!

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Joncarl Lachman,
Chef/Owner, NOORD eetcafe

After years of following his passions for travel (33 countries) and linguistics (4 languages), Joncarl Lachman turned to settling down and achieving a life long goal of restaurant ownership.

A graduate of New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education, Lachman was the winner of the inauguaral “San Pelligrino Almost Famous Chef” Award in 2002. He has worked under the tutelage of Nora Pouillon (Washington DC “Restaurant Nora”) and in NYC, Anne Rosenzweig (of Arcadia and Lobster Club) who remains a trusted friend and mentor.

In 2005 he opened HB Home Bistro, a Michelin Ranked New American Restaurant in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. In 2010, he  opened his second restaurant Vincent, where he was able to express his love for his Dutch heritage and serve modern takes on the cuisines of Amsterdam.

Returning to his hometown of Philadelphia has always been in the plans. In late spring of 2013 he opened NOORD eetcafe, an homage to classic Northern European bistrofare with an extensive smoked fish program.

Next up is a new bar/bistro in the Italian Market. Stay tuned!

Drew2013 Drew Lazor,
Freelance Food & Drink writer

Moving into his six year of judging both the Philly Chili Bowl and Wing King, Drew is one of our most beloved judges!

A native Marylander based in Philly, Drew Lazor covers food, drink, movies and music locally and nationally contributing to local food reads such as Serious Eats, City Paper, Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Daily News, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler and recently Lucky Peach Magazine.

Most recently, Drew was a contributor for the hot new German cookbook, New German Cooking, released along with Philly chef, Jeremy Nolan of Brauhaus Schmitz! Grab a copy! It’s a beautiful book, and interestingly, the most recent German cookbook released in years!

Welcome back Drew!

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Roberta Pipito Blogger, HomemadeDelish.com

Roberta Pipito is a home chef, food, beer and wine connoisseur, and blogger. Her lifelong passion for cooking led her to create her blog in 2011. The name “Homemade Delish” seemed fitting for this Philadelphia wife and mother of two who takes pride in being the daughter of a professional baker.

Coming from a long line of family cooks in Brazil and descendants of Italy, she enjoy the science behind food as well as the taste.  Being able to speak Portuguese and English has allowed Roberta to step over an ethnic line for a wider audience; and range of creativity. Homemade Delish displays some of her recipes, her love for wine, beer and photography, and covers a variety of events. With creativity and imagination, you can style anything to your taste.”

Rosa's Fresh Pizza owner Mason Wartman, a former Wall Street equity researcher, makes a pizza in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaMason Wartman,
Owner, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Mason Wartman, once a Wall Street stock researcher, found his calling of starting his own business after feeling like his job had plateaued.

He moved to Philly and opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, named after his mother. Using the simple buck-a-slice business model, he simultaneously also launched a pay-it-forward program.

Mason Wartman, insures that for each piece of pizza purchased at Rosa’s, one slice is donated to the homeless. So if you buy a pie (8 slices/$8) Rosa’s will sit 8 slices on the counter for homeless members of our community, sometimes 40 a day, to walk in and pick up a slice at no cost! The concept of paying for others’ pizza ahead of time started when a customer wanted to buy a slice for someone in need and wrote it on a a post-it note. Today, post-it notes cover the walls inside the shop from patrons wishing those in need some words of encouragement.

BigBite Philly is proud to support this forward-thinking mission and will be donation a portion of the Philly Chili Bowl proceeds to Rosa’s.

ZavalaJennifer Zavala,
Top Chef alumn, Chef of Cherrybomb Bus, and host of Scrapple Internet TV

A chef hat is not the only hat Jennifer Zavala, former Bravo’s Top Chef alumn, wears.  Jen dabbles in many things – all with one common theme – food. She has worked in several notable Latin-driven restaurants and gastropubs in Philly before launching her own food truck, CherryBomb Bus.

Jen has also been part of several local and unique food events including Hen’s Revenge, a female-focused industry night, pop-ups at Garage Philly (with food-themes like “Roseanne”), and most recently will be working on the High-End Cuisine TV show on Scrapple internet TV, an online TV show which Jen is also a host for.

Note: Scrapple TV will be at Philly Chili Bowl taping live!

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Cotton Candy Circus Arts: Adding a Little Sweet to the Savory

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Spending many hours juggling flavors and walking the tight rope of not-spicy-enough to just-right, our Philly Chili Bowl competitors are not clowning around this year. However, we know some awesome folks that will help bring a little levity to this years savory circus.

The Cotton Candy Circus Arts has amazing roster of local circus-style performers including aerialists, jugglers, hoolahoopers, skaters, stilt walkers and any other kind of acrobat that you could imagine. Bringing our chili-bowlers some physical magic this year, the group will be flexing some new acro-performance routines. What exactly is acro-performance? Well, you will have to come see for yourself, won’t you? Just know that its not easy.

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Up-close Magic at Philly Chili Bowl 6

When we look at Philly Chili Bowl winners of years past, we always ask – what was in that winning chili??? They were always so tasty and so delightful that one would even think that the cooks  cooks added a touch of genius and a dash of magic.

This year we’re going to bring a dab of magic ourselves. We welcome to the 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl, Mervant the Magician!  
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“Mervant” is a Philadelphia-based magician and mentalist who has been involved in the underground close-up magic scene since 2008.

His expertise in sleight of hand and mentalism has generated opportunities for him to perform in a wide range of venues and has lead to him sharing the stage with artists such as The Reno 911 live comedy show and singer/songwriter, Sean Kingston.

Mervant currently specializes in performing close-up magic and his style of magic gives spectators of all ages the opportunity to witness up-close miracles that leave audiences captivated, all while enjoying a few laughs.

Grab some chili, grab a beer, and get ready to be mesmerized by the magic!


Afroooooo! To host Philly Chili Bowl 5!

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Philly Chili Bowl’s hostess with the mostess

If you were to look for AfroDJiak, in the party, you would probably find her rocking out in the DJ booth, bobbing her head, probably scratching, and making her hands do that wiki, wiki, wiki thing deejays do.  However, at our 5th Annual Philly Chili Bowl, the wiki, wiki transforms to chili, chili when the deejay/radio personality emerges from behind the booth to host, provide spicy commentary, and present our coveted, one-of-a-kind trophy to the winner(s.)  

Raised in the DC Metro area and calling our city home, AfroDJiak has been a constant fixture in the Philly nightlife scene for several years.  Her creative standout mixes such as last month’s Fock Luve V.2, have propelled her to being one of the most sought after turntablists, spinning numerous high profile film and music festivals like, The Root’s Picnic, and Wawa’s Welcome America 4th of July celebration.  Her exceptional mixing skills, extensive knowledge of music, engineering​, stage, and music production have also allowed her to spin opening sets for artists such as Black Thought, The Cool Kids, The Money Makin’ Jam Boys, Freeway, and Wale to name a few.  But we don’t need to  name drop to tell you she’s good, just come out March 23rd and see for yourself! 


Longarm Services by Joyce Sponsors Philly Chili Bowl 4

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BigBite would like to thank and welcome back Longarm Services by Joyce as Philly Chili Bowl 4’s sponsor. Longarm has our back because they know, a hot bowl of chili with your toes wrapped up in a warm quilt is the perfect combination- like salt on watermelon;  or cucumbers in vinegar; or Hot Cheetos & Takis. Cranking out quilts faster than a team of grannies, Joyce’s longarm machine is super fast, and also an affordable alternative to traditional quilting.  So if you’re looking to keep warm or in search of that one of a kind gift, Joyce has you covered!

 Give some special a memory quilt showcasing your special pictures.

Give someone special a memory quilt showcasing your special pictures.

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Joyce also has many quilts for sale. For more info, check out and like Longarm by Joyce’s Facebook.

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(609) 80-QUILT (78458)

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2013 Chili Check-In: Jen, Christina & Will

WillBombTeam Name: Chilli-Willi-Bomb
Chili Name: Shit Show
Neighborhood: South Philthy
Attempts: Round 1
Chili Profile: You’ll slap yourself…
Who makes the best Chili in the City?: Wendys? Why? Because
Best Chili you ever made: We just made the BEST chilli.
Quote: “Please pack your beans and go” AND “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
Prediction: “I don’t normally predict but when I do, I’m right”
Website/Blog: Will BYOB & Cherry Bomb Bus Unite!


4th Annual Philly Chili Bowl Judge: Jason Cichonski

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Chef and Owner, Ela Restaurant 
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Chef Jason Cichonski is Philadelphia’s brightest rising star chefs.  His artful American restaurant,  Ela (627 South 3rd Street) is located in Queen Village, and is amazing!  Ela’s menu changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the season’s finest ingredients and Chef Cichonski’s creative, boundary-pushing presentations.  Ela has garnered praise and a “Three Bells: Excellent” review by Craig LaBan.

Jason Cichonski served as executive chef of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel when he was just 24 years old.  Lacroix was one of the city’s only “Four Bells: Superior” fine dining restaurants at the time. Jason’s cooking quickly impressed many peers and food enthusiast alike.  Before his success at Lacroix, Chef Cichonski worked in other highly praised kitchens, including the Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster, NJ and Moonlight, a progressive American restaurant in New Hope, PA.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, Chef Cichonski is a graduate of University City’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

Today, he resides in Philadelphia & can nearly always be found in the kitchen at Ela…but not on March 9th! Chef Cichonski will be joining us for the first time on the judge’s panel as he takes on 25 types of chilis.