Being a Midwesterner from Indiana, I was raised on chili - a homestyle version with spaghetti noodles. It is nothing compared to what we cook in competition, but cooking chili brings back so many memories. In 2009, thanks to my husband, Darin, I began competitive chili cooking. I would attend chili cookoffs with him as support. One day on the way home, I told him I was going to start competing too, and Crazy Lady Chili was established. The experiences and memories that cooking competition chili has given me are indescribable. Chili has taken me across the United States to places I would never have traveled to. I've met so many people in my travels and I’m honored to call them my chili family. Over the years I have had the privilege of numerous wins. It is always very humbling and exciting all at the same time. My win this year at WCCC55 is indescribable, an honor and accomplishment that I could not have done without the love and support of Darin, my kids and my chili family. And of course, the big Guy upstairs.