America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest Returns

The Makers of HORMEL® Chili and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Nationwide Recipe Contest

To honor America’s heroic firefighters and highlight their red-hot cooking talents, the makers of HORMEL® Chili are once again teaming up with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to crown “America’s Best Firehouse Chili Recipe.” The contest, now in its second year, provides firefighters across the country the opportunity to submit their very own chili recipes for the chance to win $10,000 for their station.

From now until July 16, 2018, firefighters will be encouraged to submit their best chili recipe to for judging. Hormel Foods will select five finalists, one from each major region of the U.S. including North, South, East, West and Midwest. Those finalists will be flown to New York City to compete in a live chili cook-off for a chance to win the grand prize. Judging of recipes will be based on originality, flavor, and inspiration behind each recipe submission. In addition to contest prizing, the makers of HORMEL® Chili will also be presenting the NFFF with a donation of $20,000.

For the second year of the contest, the makers of HORMEL® Chili have tapped Jason George, star of ABC’s new hit show, Station 19, to participate as a guest judge. In the new Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Jason reprises his role as Ben Warren, surgeon turned firefighter. Outside of embodying the spirit of a firefighter on TV, Jason is dedicated to giving back to the firefighter community and helping to highlight the service they provide.

“I’m thrilled to be a judge for America’s Best Firehouse Chili contest this year,” said Jason George, star of ABC’s Station 19. “The NFFF does incredible work giving back to the firefighter community, and this contest with the makers of HORMEL® Chili is a great way to raise awareness to their cause and showcase the hidden cooking talents of the guys who risk their lives every day keeping us safe.”

The brand officially announced this year’s contest at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) April 23 – 28, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The FDIC is a six-day conference, full of workshops, seminars, competitions, networking and more.

To conclude the competition, the makers of HORMEL® Chili will present the grand prize-winning station a check for $10,000, as well as chili to stock their kitchen for a year. All “runners-up” from the live cook-off will receive chili to stock their kitchen for a year as well. For more information on the makers of HORMEL® Chili, be sure to visit  as well as check out for updates on contest results.


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