When I was 5 or 6 years old my dad took me to Lindy's Chili to eat after we visited my Grandma. In its prime, Lindy's was a great chili institution located on the Southwest side of Chicago. The very first time I asked my Dad (An Irishman who loved only bland food) for a bowl of chili he told me I wouldn't like it and it would make me sick. I got of bowl of red (hold the beans!) and it had me from hello! I loved it and that started my quest to eat and then later to cook the best chili in the world!
In 1995 I won Chicago's Windy City Chili Regional Cookoff. That qualified me to cook in my first world championship. It was held in Reno NV. This year, was my tenth ICS WCC to have cooked in.
My wife Gloria and I have cooked from coast to coast during the last 20 years. We live in Chicago's southwest suburb of Homer Glen, IL. We own a ranch in Dilia, NM called Yakety Yak Ranch (which is where the name for my chili originated) and split our time between the 2 places. I have been married to Gloria for almost 44 years. We have 4 children and 7 grandchildren (all of whom love chili). I am a Vietnam Veteran. On February 28, 2014 I sold my business, Orland Hearing Aid Center and retired. Since then my wife has retired also and we plan to get in as many years as we can with the grandkids, ranching and of course COOKING CHILI!!