I started cooking competition chili in 1982 through my dad, Dan Edmonson and my sister, Lisa Edmonson Stone. In 1983, our dad tragically passed away and was never able to compete at the World Chili Championship that he had qualified for. I remember him being so excited about qualifying to cook. Around 2007, my youngest sister, Elaine called and asked if I wanted to cook competition chili to honor his memory. Without giving it a second thought, we all started cooking chili and became known as the Chili Con Carnies. I will tell you that it took several years to figure out how to cook competition chili and we had weekly test kitchens as if we were working on a science experiment. Eventually, our team started to win a few competitions and then oh my goodness, it got bigger! We started winning State competitions in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee as well as the Terlingua International Chili Championship (won by my sister, Lisa Stone in 2016.) To this day, we always remind ourselves to stay humble, be willing to learn, and don’t ever give up. Through competition cooking, our dad left us with a crazy big ol’ family of cooking friends that I call family. I am beyond shocked and so humbly excited to have won the 2021 54th Annual ICS WCCC Homestyle Chili Championship. In honor of my dad, Dan Edmonson, this is for you Dad!