BWL lets Amatuers Compete

20 04 2008

Here’s an interesting story I found in today’s Lansing State Journal.

“Bring it on,” said (Jeff) Stoner of Eaton Rapids, who entered a pot of his chili in the amateur contest at the Lansing Center – a sort of prelude to the 13th annual Board of Water & Light Chili Cook-off June 13.

Stoner, along with 14 other “amateur” teams of one or more, will have the chance to prove their chops against professional cooks during the June cook-off.

Bringing the rookies and pros together is an effort to reduce waiting times for patrons by increasing the number of chefs, said Mark Nixon, spokesman for the BWL.

Why wouldn’t you let amateurs compete? I always thought that was the fun of cook-offs….especially in these small competitions.  The Board of Light and Water Cook-Off in the past has always been for area businesses.  This year, they had an amatuer competition where 15 people earned the right to enter the competition on June 13.  Here’s hoping that one of the amatuers kicks the pants off the “professionals”