FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The combination of chili and celebrities made for a “wicked” good day for charity as the third annual Patriot Place Chili Cook Off presented by Bass Pro Shops on March 29 attracted more than 1,000 chili fans and netted more than $2,000 for the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Reach Out For Youth & Families Campaign.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse swept the competition with its chili entry taking home both the judges’ award and fan favorite award. It was the first victory for Davio’s in either category of the annual cook off and bested last year’s champion, Tavolino, for the top prize.
Skipjack’s, competing in its first Patriot Place chili cook off, placed second in the judges’ award and third in the fan favorite while Bass Pro Shops’ Uncle Buck’s Snack Shop placed third in the judges’ award and second in the fan favorite. Other Patriot Place eateries participating in the cook off were Bass Pro Shops’ Blue Fin Lounge, Twenty8 and CBS Scene.
Cast members of National Geographic Channel’s hit series, “Wicked Tuna,” returned as celebrity judges for another helping of Patriot Place’s best chili and were joined by New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, former Patriots offensive lineman Peter Brock and former Boston Bruins forward Lyndon Byers. The celebrity judges also signed autographs and took pictures with fans.