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Wing King 5, Competitor Seats Open

It’s that time again! The infamous chicken wing competition –

Hot wings, bbq wings, butterscotch green tea wings, peanut butter wings, blackberry honey jalapeno aged-cheddar fennel wings, 4Loco and watermelon flavored Now-n-later wings….whatever your secret chicken wing recipes is – will it take the BIG crown this year at Wing King 5??

There are only a select amount of seats available people! Enter your wings here and get down with Philly’s premier chicken wing battle.



For event details click here.

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

Chef and Owner, Ela Restaurant 

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.

4th Annual Philly Chili Bowl!



Saturday, March 9, 2013 (RIP Biggie Smalls)

RUBA Club Studios: 414 Green Street. Phila., PA 19123

4:00 pm for contestants; 5:30 pm for spectators.

$5 (pre-sale. $10 after Feb 28th) to enter, eat, and judge the People’s Choice round.

$10 or $15 (for teams) to enter the competition and a chance to be named the 4th Annual Philly Chili Bowl winner!
$5 “Left-Overs” Dance Party: Tickets may be available after the winners ceremony (at 8 pm), so join us later in the evening for a dance party! Stay tuned to our twitter & Facebook updates for more information on the “Left Overs” Dance Party.

Join us for our fourth annual chili cook-off with good people, good food and good music (provided by DJ 2 Tone Jones!)
25 competitors will get to showcase their culinary skills in front of several Philly notable restaurants chefs, critics, and beyond! 10% discount for competitors who purchase their chili products at Di Bruno Bros.

A panel of awesome judges will determine the 2013 winners. Judges  include:
Jason Cichonski – Owner and Chef of Ela Restaurant
Drew Lazor – freelance writer for the Philly Daily News and BigBite Resident Judge

Joe Bernstein – son of two judges and great-grandson of Schmulka Bernstein‘s famous Kosher Deli in Brooklyn and BigBite Resident Judge

Falon Joslyn – Actress/ Director, star of Alpha Girls, and 10 year restaurant industry vet

Angela Ranalli – Pastry Chef, Le Virtu Restaurant

Samantha Carrie Johnson, TERRA2TABLE, Owner & MTV Food & Lifestyle Coach

2 Tones Jones – DJ and Pie King! He’ll be selling his pie’s on the 9th!

Entry Requirements:
1. Complete entry form and payment (must be received by March 7th)
2. Each individual/team will cook 6 quarts of chili
3. Each individual/team will serve and describe their chili recipes to the general public
4. All chili must be made from scratch before the event and cooked entirely
5. More details on rules and discounts will be shared upon registration and payment

Register to compete here! 25 entries only! Registration closed March 7th


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