Third annual Independence, Inc. Chili Bowl empowers community

MINOT, N.D. - Some of the greatest chili chefs in the Magic City competed Thursday evening for the title of Minot's Best Chili Maker.

Eight restaurants and groups took part in the third annual Independence, Inc. Chili Bowl.

A panel of judges from Minot's media outlets, including KMOT’s Joe Skurzewski, taste-tested each chili without knowing the name behind it.

The proceeds from the event support Independence, Inc.'s mission to maximize independence for those with disabilities.

“We're in our third year here, and I've been a part of two. This is my second, so it just means a lot because if you look around here, there's a lot of people here this year, and we have good support around the community, so it's great,” said Drew Hanson, Independence, Inc., board member.

After the votes were tallied, the students at Burdick Job Corps won the critic’s choice award, while Charlie's Main Street Café took home best chili for the second straight year.