Manchester - Last Chance Chili Cookoff provides local residents with the opportunity to cook for a $25,000 grand prize

The Red Chili winner at the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff will win $25,000 and the coveted bronze pot trophy

Manchester, NH –   Spots are still available for the Last Chance Chili Cookoff.  The Last Chance Chili Cookoff takes place on Friday, Sept 30th and celebrates the opening of the 2011 World’s Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC) coming to Veterans Park from Friday, Sept 30th- Sunday, Oct 2nd.  The Last Chance Cookoff provides local residents with the opportunity to earn a spot in the Red Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 2nd and compete for the $25,000 grand prize.  Normally chili cooks earn a spot in Sunday’s Red Chili Cookoff by winning a regional or state cookoff which are held around the country throughout the year.

“The Last Chance Chili Cookoff provides the residents of Manchester with a great opportunity to be a part of this family-friendly event and showcase their chili to the thousands in attendance”, stated Carol Hancock, CEO of the International Chili Society which sanctions the WCCC.  “Most of our cooks travel from the western and southern part of the country.  We are hoping the Last Chance Chili Cookoff will allow New Hampshire to have multiple local cooks competing in Sunday’s championship round.”

Local restaurants will also have the opportunity to compete in the 2011 WCCC and earn the title “Best Chili in New Hampshire” and “People’s Choice Champion”.  Last year’s winners were the Red Arrow Diner and Billy’s Sports Bar.  There is no registration fee for restaurants to enter.  The contest is also open to local non-profit and community organizations.  New Horizons will be entering the Restaurant Division to showcase their homemade chili they serve at the food pantry. 

To enter the Last Chance Cookoff or Restaurant Division applications must submit an application.  Applications are available at

In addition to the Last Chance Chili Cookoff on Friday, Sept 30th and the World’s Red Chili Championship on Sunday, Oct 2nd, Saturday will feature the World’s Championship Salsa Contest and World’s Championship Chili Verde Cookoff.  Tickets for the event are now available online and at select locations in the Manchester area.  Each ticket includes five sample tickets during public sampling hours which are from 1:00-3:00pm each day.  Tickets are $5.00 if purchased before the event and $7.00 if purchased at the event.  One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to one of four partnering charities.

For more information about the Last Chance Cookoff and the 2011 WCCC please visit or contact Chris Wellington at 603-624-6505.