George Swick of Bakersfield, CA claimed first place and a giant check for $25,000. Now retired after working the same job
for 37 years with a local irrigation district, George Swick first went with friend Daryl Beller to the ICS World Championship in 1984. He had never
cooked a pot of competitive chili. George and his wife Maud, the 1999 World Champion, honed their recipe and got their
first win at Santa Maria, California in 1985. Cooking in 30-40 cookoffs per year, the Swicks have mastered the craft.